The world is full of amazing small and big creatures and World Wildlife day on March 3rd every year is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of life we have. The theme for 2018 is ‘Big Cats – Predators under Threat’ and we joined the world in celebrating the big cats of the world from cheetah, lion, leopard, snow leopard, tiger, jaguar and mountain lions. The theme reminds us all that cheetahs are on the brink of extinction with only 6,900 individuals left in the wild. Habitat loss, illegal trade and persecution by livestock farmers remain the biggest threats to their survival. Despite this decline, Botswana hosts about 2,000 cheetahs and remains one of the last strongholds for the species. We are working around the clock with relevant stakeholders to battle the cheetah decline and facilitate coexistence between cheetahs and the farming communities in Botswana. In order to reverse the decline of cheetahs and other big cats, the time to act is now. We need to work together to protect these magnificent creatures by finding sustainable working solutions that benefit both the wildlife and the communities that live alongside them. It is our responsibility to ensure that we create a healthy, balanced and sustainable planet. Happy World Wildlife Day!
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