World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on the 3rd of March in support of animals and plants, marking their contribution to our lives and the health of the planet. 

This year is the 50th anniversary of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), an international agreement between governments to ensure that trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of the species. Today, it grants varying degrees of protection to more than 37,000 species of animals and plants! 

The 2023 World Wildlife day theme is ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation’, which includes conservation efforts (from intergovernmental to local scale) in contributing to sustainability, wildlife and biodiversity.

You can read individual, local and governmental cases of wildlife conservation from the archives of four titles featured on the Exact Editions platform below 👇


The Biologist, ‘Conservation Coup’: December 2020/ January 2021 issue.

An image of a golden lion tamarin monkey (World Wildlife Day)
A Golden Lion Tamarin 

“The golden lion tamarin has become for Brazil what the giant panda is for China: an icon representing the need to preserve the treasures of the Atlantic Forest.”

Jeremy Mallinson OBE FRSB

Jeremy Mallinson OBE FRSB writes about the success of conservation efforts to protect the Golden Lion Tamarin community fifty years since the first efforts began, the obstacles faced and what the future holds for the species 🐒 

Read the article, pages 22–25, here.


BBC Wildlife Magazine, ‘Stork of the dump’: August 2020 issue.

Assamese women don stork headdresses for the annual adjutant ‘baby shower’ (World Wildlife Day)
Assamese women don stork headdresses for the annual adjutant ‘baby shower’

“Rural women need to be part of the conservation agenda.”

Purnima Devi Barman.

The August 2020 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine features a photo story of Gerrit Vyn’s work, following the endangered storks of India after years of habitat loss and persecution. 

Local efforts of conservation are also pictured, focusing on the ‘Hargila Army’ — a conservation movement founded by Purnima Devi Barman, a biologist for wildlife NGO Aaranyak 🙌

Read the article, pages 52–61, here.


Geographical, ‘Saving the stones’: March 2009 issue.

Examples of Geological Environments, a rock face on a beach, a cave and mountains (World Wildlife Day)
Examples of Geological Environments

“To most people, conservation means preserving the world’s biodiversity: its animals and plants. But understanding that the physical Earth — rock, soil, fossils, minerals and landforms — has its own values and threats is leading to increased efforts to preserve ‘geodiversity’ alongside biodiversity.”

Murray Gray

Murray Gray introduces the importance of including geological environments and the components that make those landscapes, e.g. rocks, minerals, fossils and soils, in biodiversity conservation efforts 🪨 

Read the article, pages 34–37, here.


New African, ‘Gorilla-Strength Coffee?’: May/June 2022 issue.

Conservationist Dr Gladys at work in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (World Wildlife Day)
Conservationist Dr Gladys at work in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

“One of the big things I realised is that when we started Conservation through Public Health, we started to improve community health as well as gorilla health together. But we found that many people are unhealthy because they are poor, so we have to also look at helping their livelihoods.”

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Jack Dutton reports on an extraordinary wildlife vet in Uganda who has come up with a scheme that helps endangered gorilla populations in the country, coffee farmers and other members of the communities that live around their habitat 🦍 ☕️

Read the article, pages 52–53, here.


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