By Elaine Vaina
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| March 03, 2015
Today marks the World Wildlife Day.
We were honoured to have been a part of the World Wildlife Day celebrations in Port Moresby over the weekend that was hosted by the Port Moresby Nature Park, and included representatives from the RSPCA and NCDC.
World Wildlife Day, is a United Nations General Assembly’s sanctioned day for 3rd March to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna. The date was proclaimed on 20 December 2013, during its 68th session.
WCS PNG Director Richard Cuthbert commented that as an international conservation organisation with the name the Wildlife Conservation Society, the day’s events at the Port Moresby Nature Park fitted well with our own core mission which is to ‘save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature’.
“I am glad to see so many young children at the event, as they are the future conservationists for Papua New Guinea,” said Dr. Cuthbert.
Our Research intern and Miss PNG for the 2014 Pacific Islands Pageant, Grace Nugi, was our conservation ambassador during the event at the Nature Park on Saturday 28 February.
Ms Nugi was joined by Ms Grace Dom, WCS’s policy and legal officer and a resident of Port Moresby.
“Celebrating our World’s Wildlife and the need to protect it”, was the theme for the event.
Ms. Nugi said there was a great turn out with over a thousand city residents who attended the event with family and friends.
Most parents were seen spending time out with their children to enjoy the fun and activities that were presented on the day.
With emphasis on the use of wildlife in our traditional costumes, the WCS stall showcased posters on the trade of the Manus Green Tree Snail and the use of Good Fellows Tree Kangaroo and different bird species in the Highlands for traditional adornments.
Ms Nugi said that the highlight for the WCS PNG stall was a game of “Pin the Parrot”, where adults and children had to guess the parts of the bird to earn gift packs of goodies and also learn more about things that harm wildlife and what they can do to save the wildlife.