“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.”
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”
This is a FANTASTIC photograph – one seldom sees Klipspringer out in the open like this. You have chosen well.
It was a thrilling sighting! Reckon it was the calf’s first outing. It was very reluctant to leave the shelter of the rocks, and followed the adults very hesitantly.
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?
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.
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.
The years just roll by! It is a worry that the Tahrs could be on the rise, but I think SANParks would keep a handle on that being the case.
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.
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.