Though we may not be able to meet in person, there are plenty still plenty of ways for you and everyone to take part in the 2021 World Wildlife Day celebrations, wherever you are.
World Wildlife Day has been observed in the in the past by people, groups and authorities around the world and in various ways. This year, we will get creative and take our passion for forests, forest species of wild fauna and flora, and for the well-being of forest communities around the world, online.
You can watch the World Wildlife Day celebration on 3 March and share it with your friends and your community. You can also spread the word of this year’s theme, “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” on social media and share links to the WWD Film Showcase and Youth Art Contest.
By simply taking an interest in this year’s events and celebrations, you too you can help raise awareness of forests, forest-dwelling wildlife and the efforts of forest communities, and therefore promote conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity.
There is plenty more you can do every day to support the message of World Wildlife Day. Here are some of our suggestions for this year's celebrations:
Get to know the forest ecoystems and wildlife species nearest to you and the threats they face. Find out more about the local and indigenous communities who live in or near forests, their livelihoods and how their knowledge and experiences can enlighten conservation efforts for forests and forest species around the world. You can look at the work of Indigenous and locally-led civil society groups like Alianza Ceibo, in Ecuador, or Vie Sauvage, in D.R. Congo, and learn about the novel paths to a sustainable relationship with nature towards which they are working. Share this knowledge with your family and friends.
Raise your voice and spread the word on social media: share your thoughts and upload a picture of yourself and those closest to you with our poster, or use our Social Media Kit for inspiration.
Use our hashtags for this year's celebration: #ForestPeoplePlanet; #WorldWildlifeDay; #WWD2021.
Bring World Wildlife Day with you to class or to the office, whether virtually or in person, and talk to colleagues, teachers, other students or educators about forests, forest wildlife and forest communities. Young people are the future leaders of wildlife conservation and we welcome their interest and involvement. A thriving planet, with healthy forest ecosystems that can sustain communities close to them and beyond, and a rich wildlife roaming through them are a cause well-wroth raising your voices for!
Engage with celebrities, influencers, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.
Show your appreciation for rangers, law enforcement officers, as well as youth conservation leaders and all those who are on the frontlines every day in the fight to conserve wildlife.
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 wildlife life conservation and biodiversity.
Set up a wildlife exhibition for education and awareness building following the theme of the year when possible.
Collaborate with local zoos, parks, botanical gardens, national parks, aquariums or museums and encourage them to celebrate World Wildlife 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 wildlife and biodiversity conservation 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 or finalists of this year's World Wildlife Day Film Showcase? Check out the page for this year's contest on the website of our partner, Jackson Wild.
Have Fun! World Wildlife Day is a celebration and 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
Though World Wildlife Day is an annual celebration, wildlife conservation is an issue that needs attention and action every day.
The threats weighing on wildlife and biodiversity are often big and complex, so much so that individuals might feel powerless about them. However, every person’s small actions add up to a much larger solution, which can make the difference between species and ecosystems surviving and thriving and having them wane and even disappear.
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, their habitats, or the planet’s biodiversity.
Mobilize – Encourage local schools, clubs, governments and businesses to discuss wildlife conservation and what you and your community can do to help.
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.