In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 3rd as World Wildlife Day (WWD). Since then, each year has focused on a relevant theme in order to raise awareness for the wildlife we share our planet with. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, around 30,000 species of plants and animals are currently endangered or vulnerable. This continued threat of extinction, habitat loss, and ecosystem degradation threatens not only wildlife, but the people around the world who rely on biodiversity resources and ecosystem services to meet our social and economic needs. Because of this, the 2022 WWD theme was “recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”, in which events focused on the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species in the wild. 

This theme seeks inspiration from UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water), and 15 (life on land). The conference pushed for the need to reverse the fate of critically endangered species to create a more Sustainable Earth with guest speakers from across the globe who are creating innovative methods for change. This year’s World Wildlife Day Global Event was virtual, so you can view the recorded livestream on the World Wildlife Day Youtube Channel!