World Wildlife Conservation Day

World Wildlife Conservation Day

It is sad to say that some of the most beloved, beautiful and fascinating animals in the world are being killed by criminal networks who will do anything to get their way. They want animal parts and products, which for reasons that no one really understands, they are worth a lot of money.

You can find many synthetic substitutes for ivory and fur, which don’t require brutal animal slaughter. It is also difficult to distinguish between synthetic substitutes and real things. Do you really think shark fin soup is the best? And that sharks can be mutilated and then thrown back into the sea to die? The fact that so many animals are poached each year is a no-brainer.

Yet they are. For example, in 2011, there were 13 large-scale ivory seizures and 23 tons of ivory was confiscated. This is equivalent to 2,500 elephants. According to a 2010 United Nations report, gorillas could be extinct from large areas of the Congo Basin by 2020.

Yet they are. For example, in 2011, there were 13 large-scale ivory seizures and 23 tons of ivory was confiscated. This is equivalent to 2,500 elephants. According to a 2010 United Nations report, gorillas could be extinct from large areas of the Congo Basin by 2020.

It is not only the animals who are suffering. Poachers regularly kill park rangers, and entire villages and towns suffer severe economic damage when enough wildlife is gone to render them ineligible as wildlife tourism destinations. Law enforcement efforts are being weakened by corruption and intimidation. Unscreened wildlife and parts of wildlife increase the risk for human health pandemics like bird flu. All are affected.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a call to action in 2012 to increase awareness and engage conservationists for Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4.

Secretary Clinton presented the White House’s strategy to combat wildlife trafficking at the State Department’s “Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation – A Call to Action” event on November 8, 2012. These efforts will cost $7 to $10 billion a year.

“Wildlife is not a thing that can be recreated. It can’t be replaced once it is gone. She said that those who make illegal profits from it are not only undermining our borders or our economies but are also stealing from our next generation.”

Help raise awareness and support the conservation and protection endangered species like elephants, rhinos, and tigers by visiting World Wildlife Conservation Day’s site.

Everyone has the chance to learn more about wildlife conservation, and be part of the solution to wildlife crimes. Join thousands of others who have signed the wildlife pledge online.

Promise to learn more about wildlife conservation and to spread the word about how poaching affects our environment. To stop illegal wildlife trade, learn how to be a responsible consumer.

Donating to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) can help you take action. All donations go to training and equipping wildlife rangers. They are often the only thing that can stop a poacher from killing an elephant or baby tiger.

Date

Apr 12 2025

Time

All Day

Location

International

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