Happy World Wildlife Day!

Today is the second annual World Wildlife Day! Around the world, wildlife trafficking is a growing crisis and is threatening the existence of pangolins, elephants, rhinos and other wildlife.  The U.S. government is committed to reducing wildlife trafficking and is taking action through President Barack Obama’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and the recent release of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Implementation Plan.

Join the State Department in celebrating the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and raising awareness of the world’s wild flora and fauna by checking out these interesting USG events.

World Wildlife Day Google+ Hangout

  • Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli will join a Google+ Hangout to discuss combating wildlife trafficking with prominent NGO leaders from Africa and Asia
  • Will be held on March 3, at 9:00 am EST

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Behind the Scenes in Wildlife Forensics

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a live behind-the-scenes look into its wildlife forensics lab, the first and only full-service wildlife forensics lab in the world.
  • This behind-the-scenes tour will be held on March 3rd, at 1:00 pm EST.

You can also visit the personal pages of World Wildlife Day on Facebook, Twitter and the web.