The World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3 March worldwide. On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
World Wildlife Day is celebrated in 2018 under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat".
Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years.
It should be mentioned that currently Armenia has only one species of the big cat – the Caucasian Leopard, which is red-listed in Armenia.
19:05 March 02, 2018