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National Wildlife Week, 2023


  • The 69th edition of National Wildlife Week commenced by National Zoological Park with the theme for this year, "Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation" reflecting the collaborative efforts required to protect and preserve the nation's rich biodiversity.
  • The theme is inspired by the theme of UN World Wildlife Day 2023.
  • The week-long celebrations will underscore the idea that partnerships and collaborations are essential components of effective wildlife preservation.
  • The National Zoological Park will celebrate the Wildlife Week from October 2nd to October 8th, 2023, where the choice of dates hold deep symbolism.

Historical Significance:-

  • National Wildlife Week history dates back to 1952 when the Indian Board of Wildlife conceived the concept as a means to raise awareness about the long-term objectives of safeguarding India's wildlife.
  • It was originally observed as Wildlife Day in 1955, while later been evolved as week-long event in 1957.
  • One of the most notable milestone associated with Wildlife Week was opening of Dachigam National Park to the public during the 1981 celebrations.
  • This step allowed tourists to explore the park's breathtaking biodiversity, including the iconic Hangul and Kashmir Stag.

Choice of Dates:-

  • The choice of dates, from Oct 2 to Oct 8, coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated the principles of Ahinsa (Non-violence) and compassion towards all living beings.
  • This serves as a reminder of the moral responsibility to protect and nurture India's diverse wildlife.

UN World Wildlife Day:-

  • The UN World Wildlife Day is celebrated on 3rd of March every year, aligning with the birthday of CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), signed in 1973.
  • In 2013, during the 16th meeting of Conference of Parties (CoP16) in Bangkok, a resolution was sponsored which designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day. 
  • The theme for this year was "Partnerships for Wildlife Conservations", honoring the people who are making difference.
  • This year was the 50th anniversary of CITES.

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