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World Wildlife Day 2017


In recognition of the 5th World Wildlife Day, Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve would like to promote awareness by highlighting some of the endangered species visitors can encounter during their time here.

All animals are in their own right living wonders to behold, and it is difficult to comprehend that these majestic creatures have become endangered of being extinct. We would like to call upon everyone to do what is right and within their power to help ensure that our future generations will also have the opportunity to see and meet these amazing animals.

White Rhino

White Lion

Wild Dog

Clouded Leopard

White Tiger

Bengal Tiger

You can view a detailed list of the different animals residing at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve by clicking here.

White Lion Project

Find our more about Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve’s White Lion Project by click here.

What is World Wildlife Day:

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2017 under the theme “Listen to the Young Voices.” Given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.

The engagement and empowerment of youth is high on the agenda of the United Nations and this objective is being achieved through the youth programmes of various UN system organizations as well as the dedicated UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

In September 2016, Parties to CITES gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) and adopted the very first CITES resolution on ‘Youth Engagement’ – calling for greater engagement and empowerment of youth in conservation issues.

World Wildlife Day 2017 encourages youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking. Youth are the agents of change. In fact, we are already seeing the positive impacts on conservation issues made by some young conservation leaders around the world. If they can help make a change, you can too!

Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing.

It’s time for us all to listen to the young voices.

(Taken from the official World Wildlife Day Website. Find out more at