Do you know that every 3rd day of March has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as World Wildlife Day?

Forty years ago, on March 3, 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES was adopted 80 countries the meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Washington, USA. As of February 2014, 180 states, the Philippines included, have become signatories to the convention.

The UPLB Museum of Natural History, an ardent partner of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, was there at the local celebration of the first ever World Wildlife Day at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

The celebration, led by Environment Secretary Hon. Ramon J. Paje, aimed to further raise public consciousness on the importance of regulating international and local trade of wildlife so that threatened species' survival will be ensured.

UPLB Museum of Natural History was represented by curators Dr. Marian de Leon, Prof. Ivy Amor Lambio, Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzales and researcher Dave General. The group was able to participate in the forum on "Developments on Wildlife Research in the Philippines" and exchange information with other participants on the current status of wildlife research in the country and discuss on areas of study which can be prioritized.  

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