3rd March is the International World Wildlife Day – day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora celebrated to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
This year’s theme for the World Wildlife Day is “Listen to the Young Voices”. This is to raise efforts to encourage young people who are the future leaders and decision makers of tomorrow to act at both local and international levels to protect endangered wildlife.
Also this is because a quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24.
In Uganda the celebrations were kicked off at Uganda Museum with a Wildlife Marathon on Sunday 26th February 2017. Many participants across the country were present including those from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
World Wildlife Day gives us a new opportunity to provide incentives to the youth to tackle conservation issues. It’s also an opportunity for them to engage with one another and together forge an inspired path to a better world.
Habitat loss, climate change and poaching are among the most alarming challenges faced by wildlife today. Poaching and trafficking of wildlife is now the most immediate threat to many species, whether charismatic or less known. The fate of the world’s wildlife will soon be in the hands of the next generation. The pressing need for enhanced action to ensure the survival of wildlife in its natural habitats must be imparted from generation to generation, and the youth should have the opportunity to communicate the conservation goals to a wider society.
Governments, law makers, Wildlife authorities, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region in the world are teaming up their efforts to protect their wildlife.
It is up to every citizen no matter the age, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions will be hope for survival of species of the next generation.