On Sunday 5th June it was World Environment Day. http://wed2016.com/ World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
This year’s theme for WED is “Go Wild for Life” and it is encouraging all people to celebrate those species under threat. Unfortunately the illegal trade in wildlife products is booming which is causing a lot of a damage to our animals, environment, communities and security.
WildEarth has partnered with the Taronga Zoo’s in Australia to broadcast into their yearly World Environment Day conference which will be happening on Thursday 9th June.
Taronga cares for 4,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened. Hayden Turner who has presented for safariLIVE in the past now works for Taronga and has helped forge a partnership between us.
The Zoo has recognised that for people to change their cultural and spiritual view’s about wildlife and the environment they need to be familiar and fall in love with the wild. As most of you know helping people to connect with nature so that they can “love it” and help conserve it, is exactly what WildEarth and safariLIVE is all about.
On Thursday 9th June we will be starting our sunrise safari two hours earlier than normal. The start time will be 4.30amCAT, 10.30pm EST and 2.30am GMT.
The first half an hour will be dedicated to the Taronga Zoo where we will
answer questions from various environmentalists and conservationists who will be at the conference. After this we will run the safari as normal and the finish times will be 7.30amCAT, 1.30am EST and 5.30am GMT.
It will of course be very dark at this time and so the format will be slightly different to normal. We will have a fire to keep James warm as he chats to Hayden and the team and Brent and Jamie will be out in the bush with spotlights looking for the elusive nocturnal creatures.