There are plenty of ways you can participate in the celebration of World Wildlife Day. In the past, countries and people around the world have observed the day in various ways. Some activities are big and others are small, but all of them have helped promote awareness about wildlife conservation issues.
Here are some of our suggestions for this year's celebrations:
Get to know marine species and the challenges they are facing and how you can help. Share what you've learned with your friends and family.
Post on social media and spread the word. Take a photo with the action card and say something about the day.
Remember to use the hashtags #WorldWildlifeDay, #LifeBelowWater, #PeopleAndPlanet, #WWD2018, #DoOneThingToday, #MarineSpecies
Bring World Wildlife Day to the class and talk to students about the day. The youth are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and they deserve a future where we humans live in harmony with wildlife that share the planet with us.
Organize or enter a competition! It can take many forms, for examples, an art competition, a photo competition, a speech competition on big cats protection, or why not a World Wildlife Day marathon?
Engage with celebrities, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.
Take the World Wildlife Day to the street, and raise awareness about wildlife protection and engage with people through role plays, billboards and street parade.
Give awards to rangers and law enforcement officers who fight for wildlife everyday on the frontline as well as youth conservation leaders.
Launch a new campaign linked to World Wildlife Day – make it specific to a local issue or species!
Organize a talk show, a presentation or discussions at your local school or university on big cats conservation.
Collect signatures for a “say ‘no’ to illegal wildlife products” campaign.
Set up a wildlife exhibition for education and awareness building following the theme of the year when possible.
Organize wildlife awareness contest and give awards to the winners.
Visit your local zoo, wildlife park, museum, botanical gardens or national park.
Collaborate with local zoos, aquariums or museums and encourage them to celebrate World Wildlife Day – suggest entry by donation on that day!
Our partners such as World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) are encouraging their members to celebrate the day.
Use your talent to show your support to the conservation of big cats and inspire the world.
Donate to your local conservation projects. Remember, donations are not always financial!
Hold a screening of wildlife films. Interested in hosting the screening of the winning film of this year's International Big Cats Film Festival? Check out this page.
Have Fun! – your own creativity is the only limit!
Make sure to announce your event so we can see how World Wildlife Day is being celebrated around the world!
Everyday wildlife protection
Wildlife conservation is an issue that needs attention every day.
The challenges that wildlife are facing are often large and complex- it’s normal for individuals to feel powerless. However, every person’s small actions add up to a much larger solution – making the difference between a species surviving or disappearing forever.
Just #DoOneThingToday to make a difference and help wildlife conservation.
Set a Goal - Live your daily life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife and their habitats.
Mobilise - Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.
Visit - Aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks and nature reserves. Research holiday destinations and countries that work hard to protect wildlife and habitats.
Consume Responsibly- By not purchasing products made from illegally sourced protected wildlife or their parts and products, you can stop wildlife trafficking from being a profitable enterprise. More information can be found through your national or local wildlife authorities or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or Wild fauna and Flora (CITES).
Volunteer – we cannot always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos have volunteer programs. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat.
Stay informed – Learn more about our planet’s flora and fauna, including those that are in danger of extinction. Research ways that you or your community can conserve and protect wildlife. Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.
Speak up – share your knowledge, passion and questions about wildlife conservation with your friends, family and community – either in person or online.
Reach out– inform authorities if you have information on illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trafficking; whistle-blowers play a critical role in detecting wildlife crimes and holding criminal smugglers accountable.