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World Wildlife Day 2021 is being celebrated on 3rd March 2021.
About World Wildlife Day:
- World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year since 2013.
- The 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 proclaimed this day.
- The date chosen coincides with the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973.
- Aim: To raise awareness about animals going extinct by celebrating the world’s flora and fauna
- Secretariat: CITES Secretariat has been designated as the facilitator for the global observance of this day for wildlife.
- Theme: “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”.
India’s Wildlife Biodiversity: India has thriving wildlife & biodiversity. It has 70% of the Global Tiger population, 70 % of Asiatic Lions, and 60% of the Leopard population. Some important wildlife places are:
- Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is known for tigers, spotted deer, elephants, golden jackal and sambar deer.
- Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is famous for tigers, leopards, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, Indian foxes. It is also home to a wide range of birds like pelicans, ibis, flamingos, egrets, and parakeets.
- Gir National Park in Gujarat is known for Asiatic lions. Other than lions, Indian leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats, striped hyenas, snakes, blackbucks, crocodiles, monitor lizards, also found here.
- Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka is known for Butterfly Park tigers, leopards, elephants, spotted deer, butterflies, snakes and more.
- Kaziranga National Park in Assam is famous for its rhino and tiger population.
- Hemis National Park in Ladakh is globally famous for its snow leopards. It is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards in any protected area in the world.
Source: Indian Express