World Wildlife Day 2020

On the 23rd of December 2013, the United Nations proclaimed today – 3rd of March – as World Wildlife Day. Today provides us ALL the opportunity to celebrate every form of wild flora and fauna, raise awareness towards the benefits of conservation and simultaneously fight wildlife crime and the human-induced reduction of species.

In 2020, the theme of World Wildlife Day is “Sustaining all Life on Earth”, focusing on conserving life not only on land but also below water, in an effort to halt biodiversity loss. All around the globe we are seeing the devastating effects of both natural and human threats to wildlife and their habitats. From the ongoing bush fire crisis in Australia, to poaching and illegal animal trade in Africa, sustaining all life on Earth is continually growing in its relevance.

"2020 is known as a “biodiversity super year” and provides the opportunity to deliver transformative progress for the conservation and sustainable use of the species of wild animals and plants." - World Wildlife Day

Animals, humans and plants are all interdependent. Sharing vital resources over a great variety of ecosystems. Keeping these healthy is critical to maintaining a high level of biodiversity on earth. Conservation and sustainability is necessary to not only fight animal and habitat loss, but also protect our own livelihood.

We are completely dependent on the interplay between all elements of the biosphere; the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the materials we need for all purposes. However, unsustainable human activities the and over-exploitation of the species and natural resources are jeopardising the world’s biodiversity. Nearly a quarter of all species worldwide, are at risk of going extinct in the coming decades. Use today (and every day) as an opportunity to seek solutions for creating more sustainable relationships between humans, nature and wildlife. #SustainingAllLife

Tanzania is not only home to Africa’s greatest mammal migration but also has THE largest animal concentration per square kilometer in the world! Amazingly, almost one third of the country is protected as National Parks, Conservation Reserves & Game Reserves. Here at ‘All Around Tanzania Safaris’ we can take you through the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Lake Natron and Arusha National Parks, as well as the Ngorongoro Crater to see so many of the country’s native animals, up close and truly in the wild. However, despite such a large percentage of the country being dedicated to the preservation and protection of Tanzanian Wildlife, some species have been poached to near extinction, demonstrating the very real impact wildlife crime and human induced species reduction has. Shockingly, over a period of just five years Tanzania experienced a loss of 60% of its Elephant population!

  • **head here to read more about impact of poaching and what is being done by the Tanzanian government.

In another effort to cultivate a more caring relationship with wildlife and nature, from the 1st of June 2019 "all plastic bags (were) prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in Tanzania." Whilst not an immediate cure for the issue of single use plastic and pollutants, Tanzania has joined not only many neighbouring countries but also those spread across the world, who are making an effort and leading the way forwards in sustainability and conservation. (read more here)

What can you do this #WorldWildlifeDay?

World Wildlife Day is your chance to do your part in protecting our world. Listed below are just some of the ways the #WWD2020 website suggests you can get involved;

  • Get to know the animal and plant species under threat where you live, in your area or country, and find out more on the threats and challenges they and their habitats face, and what can be done to conserve them. Share this knowledge with your family and friends.

  • Care for wild fauna and flora by choosing to consume in a responsible, sustainable way, you too can help build a world that can #SustainAllLife On Earth

  • Engage with celebrities, influencers, athletes, politicians, businesses and appoint them as Wildlife Conservation Ambassadors or key opinion leaders.

  • Show your appreciation for rangers, law enforcement officers, as well as youth conservation leaders and all those who are on the frontlines every day in the fight to conserve wildlife.

  • Visit your local zoo, wildlife park, museum, botanical gardens or national park.

  • Donate to your local conservation projects. Remember, donations are not always financial!

What can you do everyday to protect wildlife?

  • Care for wild fauna and flora by choosing to consume in a responsible, sustainable way, you too can help build a world that can #SustainAllLife On Earth

  • Set a Goal – Live your daily life with the smallest negative impact on the environment, wildlife, their habitats, or the planet’s biodiversity.

  • Volunteer – We cannot always give money, but we can donate our time. Often wildlife organisations and zoos have volunteer programs. You could also help clean beaches, rescue wild animals or teach tourists about your local habitat.

  • Stay informed – Learn more about our planet’s flora and fauna, including those that are in danger of extinction. Research ways that you or your community can conserve and protect wildlife. Inform yourself on current environmental matters and be aware of your individual impact on ecosystems and wildlife. Think globally, act locally.

For more information on World Wildlife Day, "Sustaining All Life on Earth" and more ideas on how to get involved - please head to the following websites;




Have you got a sustainability story? Any other ideas on how to get involved? Let us know by getting in contact on Facebook or Instagram! Share your photos of wildlife or conservation efforts! Most importantly, continue to get involved in any way that you can. This year’s World Wildlife Day seeks to celebrate the vibrant diversity of the biosphere, but also highlight the stakes humankind has in conserving this diversity of life and ensuring its long-term survival through a move towards a more sustainable relationship with it. It is not everyone's job to save EVERY part of the world but it IS everyone's responsibility to appreciate every person who is doing THEIR part.

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Jaimee & Steph

All Around Tanzania Marketing Team

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