World Wildlife Day 2020

Good News Notes:

“Today is World Wildlife Day 2020 and this year’s theme is “sustaining all life on Earth.” March 3 was declared World Wildlife Day in 2013, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s animals and plants.

Sustaining wildlife, including animals and plants, is so important, as a statement on the Wildlife Day website explains: ‘Historically, we have depended on the constant interplay and interlinkages between all elements of the biosphere for all our needs: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the materials we need for all purposes.’

‘However, unsustainable human activities and overexploitation of the species and natural resources that make up the habitats and ecosystems of all wildlife are imperiling the world’s biodiversity.’

“Nearly a quarter of all species are presently at risk of going extinct in the coming decades, and their demise would only speed up the disappearance of countless others, putting us in danger as well.”

Animal species under threat in the U.S.
  • Florida Panther
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Mississippi Gopher Frog
  • San Joaquin kit fox

Florida panther

While the Florida panther is the state’s official animal, it is also one of the U.S.’ most endangered mammals. The most common cause of death among Florida Panthers at the hands of humans is vehicle collisions, as the panthers have to cross busy roads to navigate the wildlands.

You can help the conservation of the Florida panther by adopting a panther. This will help the Defenders of Wildlife to construct highway underpasses and maintain habitat connectivity, to allow the Panthers to move around safely.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Overfishing of the Atlantic bluefin tuna means that its population has decreased to critically low levels and now the species is endangered. To help conserve the Atlantic bluefin tuna, ensure that any tuna you buy or consume at restaurants is sustainably caught. You can also donate to the World Wildlife (WWF) organization, which is researching the fish to help create successful fishery management plans.”

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