World Wildlife Day was founded by the UN at the end of 2013, created as an annual event to take place on 3rd March. Its purpose is to celebrate and raise awareness of the earth’s wild animals and plants. The theme for this year is ‘the future of wildlife is in our hands’, a call to action against the illegal wildlife trade (IWF) which has done so much damage over the years and continues to do so.
It’s a sentiment I’m sure we all share, but the problem is on such an enormous scale that it’s hard to know what difference we, as individuals, can make, or even where to start.
What can we do?
- Join a local or national organisation dedicated to helping wildlife, attend meetings, volunteer your services, make a financial donation.
- Subscribe to a wildlife magazine, listen to and watch nature programmes to keep informed.
- Visit nature reserves, national parks, wildlife refuges and conservation projects.
- Spread the word among friends and colleagues that we can all make a difference, use social media to increase your audience and the issue’s profile.
Here at Tribes we are fortunate to know of many animal protection and conservation projects around the globe. Among these are the Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi , the Zambian Carnivore Programme, and Bosque de Paz private reserve in Costa Rica, whose owners are dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna for future generations.
We have been able to design a number of itineraries that support this important work, as well as offering exciting and enjoyable holidays. You’ll find these among our Eco Holidays on the website. Taking part in one of these holidays is another way to play your part in support of the world’s wonderful wildlife.
It’s heartening to know there are things we can to make a difference, and the more of us who make the effort, the greater the collective effect will be.