EMPNG to support World Wildlife Day

Port Moresby Nature Park alongside major partner Exxon Mobil PNG Limited will once again host World Wildlife Day on Saturday March 4, 2017.

This will be the third year in a row that the event has been held at the Nature Park with this year’s theme ‘Listen to the Young Voices’. 

World Wildlife Day is an international day declared by the UN to celebrate and raise awareness on the world’s wildlife.

The event will bring together conservation organisations along with Government Departments including ExxonMobil LNG PG, Conservation Environment Protection Agency, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Natures Conservancy, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, YUS Conservation organisation, PNG Mama Graun Conservation Trust Fund, University of Canberra, PIKU Project, Sepik Wetlands Development Initiative, RSPCA (of PNG), and National Fisheries Authority.

The emphasis of the day is to recognise the importance of the world’s wildlife and the need to protect it, particularly by putting an end to wildlife crimes such as native animal trafficking and urban consumption.

Port Moresby Nature Park General Manager, Michelle McGeorge says, the Nature Park is not only a leading tourist attraction but is also heavily committed to conservation, education and research.

“This event will enable us to share with the community the amazing works that are taking place country wide by dedicated organisations to protect PNG’s wildlife.”

In 2014 the United Nations declared on March 3 as World Wildlife Day to coincide with the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

“The date is now a worldwide celebrated day.”

The Nature Park is now urging other conservation organisations who are interested in participating in the 2017 event to submit their interest by emailing marketing.pomnp@gmail.com or phone 326 0248.

For more information on the event visitors are encouraged to visit Port Moresby Nature Park’s Facebook page.

Annette Kora