World Wildlife Day @ Campo Urbano

Gila Monsters aren't on the endangered species list, but like most animals, face threats to habitat, water, and food sources. Photo by Andy

Gila Monsters aren’t on the endangered species list, but like most animals, face threats to habitat, water, and food sources. Photo by Andy

Pima County is the habitat to several endangered species (pdf with more information here). Did you know jaguars once called Arizona home, and are returning? Mexican Gray Wolves continue to fight for their place in Arizona? We’re lucky to be the convergence point of so many amazing animals, beautiful sunsets, and unique plants.

Those of you who know us, know we LOVE the wildlife at the ranch. Some times our meetings, and activities get interrupted to look at javelina at the backdoor, red tail hawks on the radio tower, coyotes just outside of the horse arena, and rattlesnakes soaking up the sun. We take precautions in our desert climate to keep non-human animals and humans safe. Without the wildlife we see daily, the ranch wouldn’t be the majestic place it is.

So what better way of celebrating the diversity of Earth than with the UN for the first ever World Wildlife Day!

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World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

Wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being. For these reasons, all member States, the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, non-governmental organizations and individuals, are invited to observe and to get involved in this global celebration of wildlife.

The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in collaboration with other relevant United Nations organizations, facilitates the implementation of World Wildlife Day.

On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, which plays an important role in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species’ survival. (Source: United Nations)

We’re celebrating World Wildlife Day to support the ongoing efforts of those who work to protect our native fauna & flora!