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  • International World Wildlife Day – Marc 3rd
    2018. 03. 03.

     

     

     

    The day when we give special attention to big cats…

     

    Five Years ago, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3rd of March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.

     

    CITES is the biggest agreement on nature protection come to a cause of controlling the endangered species of wildlife and illegal trading.  This day of the year receives a special attention to these magnificent creatures – the big cats.

     

    Year by year the population of these species drops enormously. Caused by mostly human activities. Their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.

     

    We felt important joining this event, since the ZOO has the biggest collection of predators, and one of our main responsibilities is to raise awareness to our visitors about the importance of protecting these species. This day is the perfect opportunity to do so, and to show our visitors what we can do to protect and retain population of the big cats. Sostozoo is a member of European Zoo and Aquatics Society – also member of the European species protection program whereby we successfully bread some of these endangered species.

    Currently we keep Sumatran, Siberian, Bengal Tigers, African and White Lions, African leopards, Persian Panthers, Jaguars, Snow Leopard and cheetahs. At the 35 hectares of oak woods some of these species successfully copulated.

     

    On the World Wildlife Day our main focus were on Big Cats “ Predators under Threat “ whereby our visitors could observe the feedings and our team members were explaining about these rare animals.

    The biggest fans of these animals were at the ZOO gate by opening so they could follow each event of the day. Those who arrived face painted as big cats had the opportunity to enter the park with a free of charge.