Known as World Wildlife Conservation Day, the day celebrate each year on December 4th. This day seeks to spread awareness about preserving and protecting wild animals all over the world.
World Wildlife Conservation Day came out of a pledge by the US State Department. The observant strives to put an end to wildlife crime such as illegal poaching smuggling of animals. It is detrimental to the ecosystem as it causes animals to become endangered or extinct.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2012) once said:
“Wildlife cannot be manufactured and replenished once it gone. Those who profit from it illegally are not just undermining our borders and our economies, they are truly stealing from the next generation.”
Currently designated as Critically Endangered, here are some facts about the species:
One of three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant is the Sumatran Elephant, and native to the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. Due to conversion of forest into human settlements and agricultural area, their populations have been removed from the wild by directly killed. Also endangered due to targets of poaching, they are now less than 3.000 in global population.
Orangutan are great apes native to the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. This animal is less than 100.000 on their habitats. Being the target of poaching and deforestation makes them critically endangered. They also being hunting and killed, as is the illegal pet trade.
Restricted to the island of Bali in Indonesia, The Bali Myna is locally known as Jalak Bali. They are critically endangered and has been close to extinction, due to the major threat of the illegal pet-trade.
Yellow Crested Cockatoo
Yellow Crested Cockatoo lives in wooded and cultivated areas of East Timor and Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi. The number of this species have declined dramatically (fewer than 7000 individuals) due to illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade.
Can you imagine living in a world where these beautiful animals no longer exist? – It could happen anytime. This is why Wildlife Conservation Day focuses on putting an end to wildlife crime. You also can help us to keep up the conservation program by visiting Bali Safari Park! Be part of animal welfare movement. Click here to get the ticket.