World Wildlife Day

For the first time, people around the globe celebrated World Wildlife Day together. Join the UN’s virtual event, pick just #DoOneThingToday and see what we are doing to Save Wildlife Around the World!

At Wildlife Images we are committed to saving our native wildlife and supporting efforts to Save Wildlife Around the World.

How We Save Wildlife Around the World

Wildlife Images enjoys a one-of- a-kind partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensic Lab. A Memorandum of Agreement, established in 2016, recognizes Wildlife Images as the public, education partner to the Lab, which for security reasons, is not open to the general public. This partnership allows the lab to utilize Wildlife Images’ park, facilities, and education program to teach people in a multitude of ways. A crime scene staging and visit from Kenya Wildlife Service was the first occasion the two organizations have worked collaboratively on a mutually beneficial project. Wildlife Images is also home to a large forensic evidence collection. These items were part of investigations into crimes against wildlife from across the globe. Guests can view a rotating exhibit of these items starting in May of 2021. While this partnership provides no monetary value to either party, its educational reach is vital to the protection of wildlife, not just in southern Oregon, but across the world!

Wildlife Images is also a Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Partner. The non-profit Wildlife Warriors is associated with the Australia Zoo and the family of the late animal advocate Steve Irwin. Wildlife Images has long valued it’s friendship with the Irwins and Australia Zoo and are proud to come along side of the family’s instrumental non-profit organization as a Wildlife Warrior partner agency. This is exciting news for the wild places and wildlife around our globe and right here at home! The partnership was cemented by a matching gift from the Irwin family of $100,000. To help match that money please consider supporting our Give Now, Do More Campaign.

 

World Wildlife Day

This year’s focus was on Forest and Livelihoods: Sustaining People & Planet.  You can hear first hand from the people on the frontlines of the United Nation’s efforts to protect wildlife, wild places, and the people they support in the Virtual Event (video below).

The planet’s forests are home to some 80 per cent of all terrestrial wild species. They help regulate the climate and support the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people. Some 90 per cent of the world’s poorest people are dependent in some way on forest resources. This is particularly true for indigenous communities that live in or near forests. Some 28 per cent of the world’s land is managed by indigenous communities, including some of the most intact forests on the planet. They provide livelihoods and cultural identity. The unsustainable exploitation of forests harms these communities and contributes to biodiversity loss and climate disruption.

– António Guterres, Secretary-General of United Nations

Do One Thing

BIG change often starts small. Just a single choice, action, or voice can grow to change the world for the better. Wildlife Images encourages families and individuals to #DoOneThingToday to help wildlife and the environment. Try these easy ideas that can have a big impact when we all work together!

 

 

Skip the straw – volunteers have collected nearly 14 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways worldwide over the 30+ year history of the International Coastal Cleanup

Change your candy habits – Palm oil is an ingredient in hundreds of everyday products including candy. Traditional palm oil farming methods destroys habitat of orangutans which are critically endangered.

Stamp it up – By purchasing Save Vanishing Species stamps from the USPS you can help fund conservation organizations dedicated to helping endangered species.

Use your Voice – Find a specific species, habitat or conservation effort you want to support and then sign the petition, write a letter, share a post, make a donation or write your lawmakers to let them know you care.

World Wildlife Day 2021 Virtual Event