World Wildlife Day

What plant or animal has been intriguing you lately? Tell us something unexpected!⁠

Today is UN World Wildlife Day – a day to celebrate and raise awareness about our Earth’s unique wildlife – all of which is pretty darn incredible. The theme this year is “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 14 and 15 on alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and conserving life both on land and below water to halt biodiversity loss which is a major crisis alongside the climate one.⁠

Earth is home to so many diverse species of fauna and flora we haven’t counted them all. Historically, we have depended on the constant interplay between all elements of the biosphere for all our needs: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the materials we need for all purposes. Unsustainable human activities and overexploitation of the species and natural resources that make up the habitats and ecosystems of all wildlife are seriously endangering the world’s biodiversity.⁠

Nearly a quarter of all species are presently at risk of going extinct in the coming decades, and their demise would only speed up the disappearance of countless others, putting us in danger as well.⁠

Just discovering some of our unique plants and animals makes us want to work a little bit harder each time to help protect our planet. So today, what plant or animal has been intriguing you lately? We’ve been working on our kids products for @skwoodlekids which has included research on the Calumma, Orchid Mantis and Foxfire mushroom. Go look them up – they’re all amazing! Tell us yours – we’d love to see and hear some new interesting things 🙂