World Wildlife Day


Klipspringer family
A recent rare sighting of elusive Klipspringer near the entrance to The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is a moment to reflect how vital it is to set aside and protect natural areas for wildlife so that they too can exist alongside the ever increasing urban boundaries.

“Sustaining All Life On Earth” is the theme for this year’s Wildlife Day event and the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, reminds us that we have a collective duty to preserve and sustainably use the planet’s resources……   (Click on the hyper-link below for further information.)

“Let us remind ourselves of our duty to preserve and sustainably use the vast variety of life on the planet. Let us push for a more caring, thoughtful and sustainable relationship with nature.”

António Guterres

World Wildlife Day poster

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero has this to say:  “World Wildlife Day 2020 and the film showcase will embrace the ‘biodiversity super year’. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats they are facing and the conservation success stories through motion pictures and story-telling. We urgently need to bend the curve of species and biodiversity loss before we reach the tipping points from which we may not recover, with dramatic consequences for all life on the planet.”


8 thoughts on “World Wildlife Day

  1. I also love seeing your Klipspringer photograph, Liz. If I’m not mistaken they were only recently reintroduced to the Peninsula, following the much publicised culling of the exotic tahrs?

    1. That’s correct, the Klipspringers were reintroduced – the first batch back in 1998 and then another lot in 2003. It’s a lucky sighting to see them as they’re very wary of people, and usually bound away quickly. Apparently Tahrs are still occasionally sighted.

      1. Has it been that long already!?
        Pity that a few of the Tahrs are still around, for they will likely proliferate again in the absence of natural threats and then these dainty Klipspringers will once more be threatened with extirpation from the Peninsula where they so clearly belong.

  2. Thanks for sharing this info about the World Wildlife Day theme. I agree that is a lovely photo of the pair of Klipspringer – and they are an apt emblem for the need to protect natural areas in order to retain biodiversity.

  3. Hi again – I first looked at this photo on my phone and missed seeing the baby! I already thought it was a special pic, but of course it is much more special now that I see the whole family (on the larger screen of my laptop). What an extra-special sighting you were able to capture.

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