World Wildlife Day, I call on all people around the world to help raise awareness and to take personal responsibility to help ensure the survival of the world's big cats and all its precious and fragile biological diversity.”
——Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations
March 3, 2018, the 5th World Wildlife Day celebrations were centered around the theme Big cats: hunters hunted. To take action, the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base has organized a series of science popularization activities for visitors in the Discovery Center Square, including the introduction of relevant knowledge, exhibition of posters, distribution of science popularization materials, photo sharing, coloring wild animals and other things found in nature. Engaging and fun-filled, information about wildlife protection was transferred to the public, encouraging them to positively participate in relevant activities. Only when people all practice what is advocated, stopping the illegal wildlife trade and consciously protecting wildlife resources, the natural environment in which we live can be defended.
Big cats are among the most widely recognized and admired animals across the globe. They are found in Africa, Asia, and the Americas Except for the largest lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars that roar, a more expansive definition of big cats has been adopted in recent years, which also includes the cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard, and others. However, today these awe-inspring predators are facing many and varied threats, primarily caused by humans. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to losses of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. For example, tiger populations plummeted 95% over the last century, and African lion populations dropped 40% in just 20 years. All wild cats are listed in the Appendix I and Appendix Ⅱ of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. A range of actions and measures took by the international community are also underway to reverse this trend.