March 3 is the anniversary of the adoption of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). On December 20, 2013, the U.N. declared March 3 to be World Wildlife Day.
What is this day all about? According to Ginette Hemley, VP of World Wildlife Fund's Species Conservation Program:
And the country of Nepal gave the Earth and animal lovers a very special gift.
|Photo Credit: Michel Gunther, World Wildlife Fund|
That's right: not one rhino, elephant, or tiger was poached in Nepal during the previous year!
“Nepal’s year of zero poaching is an example
of what can be achieved when an entire
nation makes stopping wildlife crime a priority
in order to protect its natural heritage,”
Shubash Lohani, Deputy Director for WWF’s Eastern Himalaya Ecoregion program.
Sooo - how to celebrate World Wildlife Day? World Wildlife
Fund is offering free e-cards as a way to spread the word
about World Wildlife Day. Click here to see the three beautiful
and informative cards, or to see two alternate suggestions for
celebrating World Wildlife Day. But here on Terra Toby, I
would love for all visitors to leave a comment telling me
which is/are YOUR favorite wild animal(s).