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World Wildlife Day
The United Nations proclaimed March 3 as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
Based on data released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,400 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, while close to 30,000 more are understood to be endangered or vulnerable. Based on these estimates, it is suggested that over a million species are threatened with extinction.
In the Philippines which is considered a key biodiversity area in Asia, governments, environmental groups and educational institutions are doing their part to promote awareness and action on the issue.
De La Salle University-Dasmariñas which is home to over 1,300 trees and 27 species of local, endemic and even endangered species of birds like the Philippine Scops Owl and the Java Sparrow has put in place policies and programs to protect the habitat of wildlife on campus. This includes a ban on cutting down trees, an ecosystem fee for the upkeep of the greens on campus, as well as a ban on incineration.