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World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day is on March 3 every year to raise awareness of endangered animals and plants, and ways to fight against wildlife crime.

Female African elephant with her baby at a national park in Tanzania.
Female African elephant with her baby at a national park in Tanzania.
©bigstockphoto.com/Stu Porter

Pledges and Donations

Wildlife crime involves illegally selling and buying animal body parts, as well as stealing or killing animals that are protected by government laws. Organizations like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the United Nations (UN) want to end these kinds of crimes, so they promote the day by asking people to:

  • Back a ranger - donate money to help rangers who protect endangered animals get equipment and training they need to stop wildlife crime.
  • Sign pledges urging governments to strengthen their laws to stop wildlife crime.

What's Open or Closed?

World Wildlife Day is a global observance and not a public holiday so it's business as usual.

About World Wildlife Day

Wildlife trade is one of the most profitable illicit trades in the world, estimated at up to $10 billion annually. Illegal wildlife trade of elephant ivory, rhino horns, and tiger products, is widespread in many countries, particularly in Asia and Africa. It is controlled by dangerous crime syndicates that traffic wildlife like drugs or weapons.

On December 20, 2013, the UN added World Wildlife Day to its calendar as an official event to be celebrated from March 3, 2014, onwards. It declared the day out of concern that wildlife crime had negative economic, environmental and social impacts worldwide.

World Wildlife Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonMar 32014World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 32015World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuMar 32016World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
FriMar 32017World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMar 32018World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
SunMar 32019World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 
TueMar 32020World Wildlife DayUnited Nations observance 

Quick Facts

World Wildlife Day celebrates all flora and fauna, including animals, on Earth.

World Wildlife Day 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

World Wildlife Day 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017


Name in other languages

World Wildlife DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la NaturalezaSpanish
יום חיות הבר עולמיHebrew
اليوم العالمي للأحياء البريةArabic
세계 야생 동물의 날Korean
Weltag der WildtiereGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on March 3, 2016

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