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3rd March 2014 was designated by the UN as the first World Wildlife Day, aimed at celebrating and raising awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. The date is significant, as 3rd March was the date in 1973 when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first adopted. CITES has played an important role in the last 40 years in recognising and counteracting the growing threat posed by international trade to the survival of endangered species.



Our World Wildlife Day gallery celebrates the beauty and variety of the world's fauna and flora, focusing on those species that are in need of protection or have benefited from existing protection measures and conservation initiatives. Find out more about World Wildlife Day by visiting http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/.


Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009
African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) pack passing infront of large African elephant (Loxodonta africana) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe October 2012 - Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) pack passing infront of large African elephant (Loxodonta africana) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe October 2012
Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) female baby 'Sandri' aged 1-2 years portrait. Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Rehabilitated and released (or descended from those which were released... - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) female baby 'Sandri' aged 1-2 years portrait. Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Rehabilitated and released (or descended from those which were released...
Boabab trees {Adansonia grandidieri} in evening light. Morondava, Madagascar, October 2009 - Alex Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Boabab trees {Adansonia grandidieri} in evening light. Morondava, Madagascar, October 2009
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being cleaned by yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) at a cleaning station where the turtles are groomed by the fish in a mutualistic, symbiotic relationship, Puako,... - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being cleaned by yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) at a cleaning station where the turtles are groomed by the fish in a mutualistic, symbiotic relationship, Puako,...
Three Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait on lake. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012. - David Pattyn
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David Pattyn / Three Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) portrait on lake. Lake Kerkini, Greece, March 2012.
Wild Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) male, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Jaen, Andalucia, Spain - Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Wild Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) male, Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Jaen, Andalucia, Spain
Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January - Diane  McAllister
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Diane McAllister / Young Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) 'kissing' another macque in the thermal hot springs, Jigokudani, Japan, January
Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life. - David Tipling
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David Tipling / Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) displaying at dawn Hokkaido, Japan, February. Did you know? Red crowned cranes mate for life.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Machali', Ranthambore NP,India - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female 'Machali', Ranthambore NP,India
Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling,  Cuverville Island. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) calling, Cuverville Island. Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
Giant water lily leves (Victoria cruziana) Pantanal, Matogrossense National Park, Brazil - Paul Williams
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Paul Williams / Giant water lily leves (Victoria cruziana) Pantanal, Matogrossense National Park, Brazil
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador.
Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) hibernating amongst leaves and acorns. Captive. Leicestershire, UK, October. - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Hazel Dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) hibernating amongst leaves and acorns. Captive. Leicestershire, UK, October.
Pintado petrel (Daption capense) flying in snow, Southern Ocean. - Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Pintado petrel (Daption capense) flying in snow, Southern Ocean.
European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / European hare (Lepus europaeus) in grass field, UK, May
Stoat (Mustela erminea) in white winter coat in snow, Vauldalen, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. April - Orsolya  Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Stoat (Mustela erminea) in white winter coat in snow, Vauldalen, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. April
Aerial view of herd of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) on the move, Okavango delta, Botswana - Richard Du Toit
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Richard Du Toit / Aerial view of herd of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) on the move, Okavango delta, Botswana
Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica. OVERALL WINNER: Wildlife Photoghrapher of the Year 2010 from Eric Hosking Award portfolio image 2/6 - Bence Mate
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Bence Mate / Leafcutter ants (Atta sp) colony harvesting a banana leaf, Costa Rica. OVERALL WINNER: Wildlife Photoghrapher of the Year 2010 from Eric Hosking Award portfolio image 2/6
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) looking out for prey from termite mound in grassland, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) looking out for prey from termite mound in grassland, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Nuthatch bird (Sitta europaea)  standing on tree trunk in winter, Dorset, England, UK February. - Colin Varndell
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Colin Varndell / Nuthatch bird (Sitta europaea) standing on tree trunk in winter, Dorset, England, UK February.
Landscape with Bison {Bison bison} and steam from geysers, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA - Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Landscape with Bison {Bison bison} and steam from geysers, Yellowstone NP, Wyoming, USA
King protea flowers {Protea cynaroides} Table Mountain NR, S Africa. Did you know? Proteas are named after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form, as proteas have a diverse range of shapes an... - Claudio Velasquez
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Claudio Velasquez / King protea flowers {Protea cynaroides} Table Mountain NR, S Africa. Did you know? Proteas are named after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form, as proteas have a diverse range of shapes an...
Agile wallaby (Macropus agilis) two juveniles touching, Bamarru Plains, Northern Territories, Australia - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Agile wallaby (Macropus agilis) two juveniles touching, Bamarru Plains, Northern Territories, Australia
White terns (Gygis alba) pair flying, Christmas Island / Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean, July - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / White terns (Gygis alba) pair flying, Christmas Island / Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean, July
African lion (Panthera leo) male head portrait, at low angle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. December - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion (Panthera leo) male head portrait, at low angle, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. December
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. - Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April - Ben Hall
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Ben Hall / Great crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus) performing courtship ritual at dawn, Cheshire, UK April
Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) Hirwa group led by the silverback dominant male Munyinya, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, elevation 2610 m - Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) Hirwa group led by the silverback dominant male Munyinya, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, elevation 2610 m
Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) in alpine landscape with light mist, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, October - Orsolya Haarberg
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Orsolya Haarberg / Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) in alpine landscape with light mist, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, October
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February. - Peter Cairns / 2020VISION
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Peter Cairns / 2020VISION / Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) in winter. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, February.
Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile - Oriol Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) in the rainforest canopy. Serra dos Tucanos, Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae) in the rainforest canopy. Serra dos Tucanos, Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil.
Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus) male, Nakuru National Park, Kenya - Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus) male, Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Snow leopard. Wild {Panthera uncia} Ladakh, India - Francois Savigny
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Francois Savigny / Snow leopard. Wild {Panthera uncia} Ladakh, India
Giant panda feeding {Ailuropoda melanoleuca}  Qionglai mtns, Sichuan, China. Did you know? Before the 20th century the Panda was known as the 'Parti coloured bear' or the 'Mottled bear' and not Panda. - Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Giant panda feeding {Ailuropoda melanoleuca} Qionglai mtns, Sichuan, China. Did you know? Before the 20th century the Panda was known as the 'Parti coloured bear' or the 'Mottled bear' and not Panda.
Cheetah female standing with her cubs aged 1-3 months (Acinonyx jubatus), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Cheetah female standing with her cubs aged 1-3 months (Acinonyx jubatus), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Baobab trees {Adansonia grandidieri} Morondava, Western Madagascar, on location for BBC Planet Earth 'Forests' - Warwick Sloss
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Warwick Sloss / Baobab trees {Adansonia grandidieri} Morondava, Western Madagascar, on location for BBC Planet Earth 'Forests'
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) drinking from pool of water, overwintering colony, Michoacan, Mexico - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) drinking from pool of water, overwintering colony, Michoacan, Mexico
Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herd running after crossing Mara river, wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herd running after crossing Mara river, wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. September
Two Simien jackals / Ethiopian wolf {Canis simensis} Bale Mountains, Bale NP, Ethiopia - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Two Simien jackals / Ethiopian wolf {Canis simensis} Bale Mountains, Bale NP, Ethiopia
Large aerial pitchers of natural hybrid Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes stenophylla x Nepenthes veitchi). Montane mossy heath forest or 'kerangas', southern plateau, Maliau Basin, Sabah's 'Lost World', Borne... - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Large aerial pitchers of natural hybrid Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes stenophylla x Nepenthes veitchi). Montane mossy heath forest or 'kerangas', southern plateau, Maliau Basin, Sabah's 'Lost World', Borne...
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) juvenile in tree, Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia - Jouan & Rius
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Jouan & Rius / Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) juvenile in tree, Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
Common zebra (Equus quagga) foal in dusty sunset,  Etosha National Park, Namibia Photo by Sharon Heald - Sharon Heald
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Sharon Heald / Common zebra (Equus quagga) foal in dusty sunset, Etosha National Park, Namibia Photo by Sharon Heald
Galapagos green turtle (Chelonia mydas agassisi) underwater portrait, being inquisitive, note algae growing on head and shell - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Galapagos green turtle (Chelonia mydas agassisi) underwater portrait, being inquisitive, note algae growing on head and shell
Two Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) fighting, Northeast Greenland National Park, Greenland. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009: Runner-up in the 'Mammal Behaviour' category - Morten Hilmer
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Morten Hilmer / Two Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) fighting, Northeast Greenland National Park, Greenland. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009: Runner-up in the 'Mammal Behaviour' category
Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) at dawn with new flowers emerging at the tip of its limb, Saguaro NP, Arizona, USA - Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) at dawn with new flowers emerging at the tip of its limb, Saguaro NP, Arizona, USA
Forester Kangaroo family {Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis} a subspecies of Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Tasmania, Australia. - Dave Watts,Dave Watts
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Dave Watts,Dave Watts / Forester Kangaroo family {Macropus giganteus tasmaniensis} a subspecies of Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Tasmania, Australia.
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