The United Nation’s General Assembly has proclaimed March 3 as the World Wildlife Day and on the occasion of this important day, Bhutan is joining hands across the globe to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
In particular, this year’s theme “the future of wildlife is in our hands” with elephants being the main focus of global campaign reinforces the inextricable link between wildlife, people and sustainable development. Studies have shown that species are disappearing at 50 to 100 times the natural rate of extinction. This is happening mainly because of unsustainable human activities through habitat destruction brought about by unchecked change in land use and by poaching for trading wildlife and its parts. Poaching and illegal wildlife trade has reached unprecedented levels globally and is considered almost equivalent in value to that of drugs smuggling. In just about two years from 2010-2012 more than 100,000 elephants were poached for its ivory in Africa and Asia.
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