The World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness on world’s flora and fauna coinciding with adoption day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). It was conceived on 20 December 2013 at the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to reaffirm the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being. The theme this year for World Wildlife Day is “Big cats: predators under threat”.
With majestic manes and powerful roars, big cats are on the top of the food chain, where they play an important ecological role by regulating prey populations and structuring animal communities. They also have high spiritual significance in different cultures around the world and are referred with special honours. However, the big-cats are taking strain from growing human population, habitat destruction for agricultural, urban expansion and developmental activities, poaching and persecution due to conflict with humans over crops or livestock.
This year in Bhutan, various field divisions under the DoFPS across the country will be marking the day with numerous events. Using the expanded definition of the World Wildlife theme, day will be celebrated to create awareness on the conservation of the big cats such tiger, snow leopard, common leopard, clouded leopard and their prey. The Nature Conservation Division in collaboration with Jigme Dorji National Park will be celebrating World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2018 at Dodheyna Park Range Office at Thimphu.