What do Borneo’s orangutans, Sumatra’s elephants, and the Black Rhino have in common?
Aside from being really interesting animals to watch on YouTube, the more depressing fact about these critters is that they are all critically endangered species. However, the UN and its allies intend to raise awareness of the seriousness of this catastrophic situation on World Wildlife Day.
An animal is placed on the critically endangered species list only if the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers it is facing extinction – extinction as in going the way of the dinosaurs and dodo. So, what does it mean to be severely endangered? Current estimates place the global population of Black Rhinos at approximately 2,500. Russia’s Amur Leopard, situated in the country’s extreme eastern reaches, is on the edge of extinction, with only around 40 remaining in the globe. Regrettably, the list goes on and on.
The United Nations will commemorate World Wildlife Day on March 3, the day the organisation signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Animals of Wild Fauna and Flora, to promote awareness of endangered species and what we can all do.
TIMELINE FOR WORLD WILDLIFE DAY:
The date of World Wildlife Day is set on December 20, 2013:
The holiday, proposed by Thailand, is established by the United Nations to increase awareness of the world’s wild animals and flora.
World Wildlife Day is observed on March 3, 2014
It is the inaugural World Wildlife Day.
The United Nations has announced the 2015 theme
“It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime”, was the theme of World Wildlife Day 2015.
The United Nations has announced the 2016 theme
World Wildlife Day 2016’s subject was “The Future of Wildlife is in Our Hands”, with the sub-theme “The Future of Elephants is in Our Hands”.
The United Nations has announced the theme for 2017
“Listen to the youthful voices”, was the theme of World Wildlife Day 2017.
WHY IS THE WORLD WILDLIFE DAY IMPORTANT?
It regulates our food chain
To put it simply, the extinction of particular organisms would throw our food chain out of whack. In a healthy ecosystem, if any link in the food chain fails, it has far-reaching consequences. Elk and deer are fearless in the absence of wolves, and they stay in one location for prolonged periods of time, devouring plants down to their roots. This destroys the plants, generating even more waves, and so forth. And this is only one example of what may happen.
Its most likely our fault
While there are some factors outside humanity’s control that might cause a species to become extinct, in many situations today, it is due to human action. The good news is that if we caused it, we have the ability to repair it. Overhunting, illicit game trafficking, overfishing, and deforestation are all to blame, yet none are beyond our control. We can convey a message that these human actions cannot continue unchallenged by commemorating World Wildlife Day.
We all live on the same planet
Keeping Earth, a flourishing, alive, breathing world necessitates taking care of everything in it. Overfishing may have devastating economic consequences for coastal towns that rely on the trade. The extinction of a species can cause changes in the surrounding ecosystem, which can have a direct impact on the humans that live there. Wildlife conservation is an essential component of developing a more sustainable planet.