New Delhi: March 3 is World Wildlife Day as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. The Centre for Environment Communication (CEC) and Dumma Nature Society are hosting events that center on preserving and celebrating the diverse wildlife of India.
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on the day of the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and is a day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
The theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day is “the future of elephants is in our hands,” which is why CEC has organised ‘The Elephant Festival’ in collaboration with Prayas Institute for Juvenile Justice in Delhi. The festival will comprise of film screenings, workshops, competitions and informative and fun activities for children. Elephants are in the Indian list of endangered animals and according to CEC, the number of elephants in India “significantly declined by 50% over the past 50 or 60 years.”
Through their event they hope to raise awareness about the crucial role elephants play in the environment.
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Dumma Nature Society in Jabalpur is celebrating World Wildlife Day with a week-long event called ‘Wildlife Week’, which started on February 26 and concludes on March 3. The event has comprised of competitions such as Bird Races and photography competitions based on flora and fauna. The winning entries of the photography completion will be displayed in an exhibition today.