World Wildlife Day (WWD) was celebrated on 3 March 2022 under the theme "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration." The celebrations sought to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora and drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them.
(Photo by wildlifeday.org)
According to data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,400 wild fauna and flora species are critically endangered. At the same time, close to 30,000 more are understood to be endangered or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested that over a million species are threatened with extinction.
Continued loss of species, habitats, and ecosystems also threatens all life on Earth, including us. People everywhere rely on wildlife and biodiversity-based resources to meet all our needs, from food to fuel, medicines, housing, and clothing. Millions of people also rely on nature as the source of their livelihoods and economic opportunities.