Rottnest Island is proudly supporting World Wildlife Day on Friday the 3rd of March. For all of us, this is a day to celebrate the variety and uniqueness of plants and animals worldwide. This is also a time to give a voice to those that have none – to protect our native wildlife and prevent negative impacts that threaten their existence.
“On this World Wildlife Day, I call on all citizens, business and governments to play their part in protecting the world’s wild animals and plants”, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
All plants and animals on Rottnest Island are protected by law but not all wildlife has the same level of conservation. World Wildlife Day aims to further enhance the connection between people and wildlife to promote sustainable development. It is our responsibility to ensure the future existence of all species (great or small).
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and other organisations associated with United Nations were responsible for establishing World Wildlife Day.
CITES remains one of our most powerful assets for protecting biodiversity and conservation of flora and fauna. Our wildlife has already provided multiple economic, social and recreational services that promote human wellbeing… Now is the time to give something back!
Their future is in your hands!
To learn more about World Wildlife Day, visit: www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/
Make sure to tweet about your favourite plant or animal this #WorldWildlifeDay