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Last December, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3, the first World Wildlife Day to help raise awareness to the ongoing crisis of wildlife trafficking and provide an occasion for the world to unite in celebrating the world’s wild fauna and flora.
Wildlife crime has become a global crisis — animal trafficking often funds terrorist organizations and threatens already endangered species like elephants and rhinos.
An estimated 30,000 elephants were killed in Africa last year, a 35 percent increase over 2012, which made it one of the deadliest years on record.
Public events are planned around the world, but wherever you are, you can participate in World Wildlife Day online, by using #WorldWildlifeDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If you have more to say, be sure to join The Dodo and blog about why wildlife conservation matters to you.