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World Wildlife Day: Conservation at Home

World Wildlife Day: Conservation at Home

World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 3rd March. The focus is on wild animals and plants, and the many benefits conservation provides to people.

When did World Wildlife Day begin?

In 1973, on the 3rd March, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was formally recognised.

In 2013, at the 40th anniversary of CITES, Thailand proposed the 3rd March as World Wildlife Day. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted World Wildlife Day later the same year.

In 2015, on the 3rd March, the first official World Wildlife Day was held under the theme "It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime".

World Wildlife Day Logo
Official World Wildlife Day logo (Source: Wildlife Day)

Why do we celebrate World Wildlife Day?

The focus of World Wildlife Day is on animals and plants that live in the wild. In particular the intrinsic value and contribution to human well-being and sustainable development, such as the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects.

World Wildlife Day is a day to remind us all of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, such as the wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

What is the World Wildlife Day 2022 theme?

Each year a new wildlife theme is celebrated. The World Wildlife Day 2022 theme is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”.

World Wild Life Day 2022 Poster
Official poster for World Wildlife Day 2022 - English (Source: Delphine Gillard via Wildlife Day)

The aim:

  • draw attention to the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora;
  • drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them.

How to help with conservation at home

Wildlife conservation is an issue that needs daily attention.

Often facing many large and complex challenges, it’s normal to feel helpless when talking about wildlife conservation. However, each small action by an individual adds to a much larger solution and can make all the difference.

You can help with wildlife conservation by:

  • Picking up rubbish and putting it in the bin;
  • Reducing your plastic and household waste;
  • Recycling and reusing old products;
  • Purchasing sustainable products;
  • Visiting aquariums, wildlife parks and sanctuaries, botanical gardens, national parks, and nature reserves;
  • Volunteering at local wildlife organisations and sanctuaries;
  • Telling people of the changes you are making.

Just #DoOneThingToday to make a difference and help wildlife conservation.

Get involved and find out how you can help today!

The Leydon Lettings/World Wildlife Day Logo

The Leydon Lettings logo symbolises an underwater marine theme, including fish, starfish, jellyfish, plants, and coral.

The coastal waters surrounding the UK are home to all of these and more at different times of the year.

World Wildlife Day Leydon Logo Design
The Leydon Lettings/World Wildlife Day logo. (Source: Archive)

However you raise awareness, whatever changes you make in your day-to-day life, we hope you have a great day!

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