This global occasion provides the world’s governments, civil society, private sector and citizens a great opportunity to help raise awareness and to take action in order to be part of the solution to ensure wildlife conservation and combat wildlife crimes.
Want to get involved?
We’d love your help in spreading the word and there are plenty of ways you can participate in WWD2017.
In the past, people have participated in WWD in various ways. Some activities are big and others are small, but all of them have helped to promote awareness about wildlife conservation issues around the world.
This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day is ‘Listen to young voices’. We would love to see children and young adults getting involved in the day as much as possible.
Make sure to announce your event so we can see how World Wildlife Day is being celebrated around the world!
Post on social media. Repost one of our photos, posters or use one of our action cards and say something about the day. Remember to use the hashtags #DoOneThingToday, #youth4wildlife, #YoungVoices, #WorldWildlifeDay, #EndWildlifeTrafficking
Enter our World Wildlife Day 2017 Photo Competition. The winner gets a free flight and 2 night accommodation to New York for World Wildlife day 2017!
Engage with celebrities, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.
Launch a new campaign linked to World Wildlife Day – make it specific to a local issue or species!
Organise a talk, presentation or discussion at your local school or university on wildlife conservation.
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.
Collect signatures for a “say ‘no’ to illegal wildlife products” campaign.
Host a wildlife exhibition- a display of photos, sculptures or artwork.
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, wildlife reserves or museums and encourage them to celebrate World Wildlife Day – suggest entry by donation on that day!
Show your talent and inspire the world.
Donate to your local conservation projects. Remember, donations are not always financial!
Have Fun! – your own creativity is the only limit!
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.