- On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, which was proposed by Thailand, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora.
- The General Assembly requested the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, in collaboration with relevant organizations of the United Nations system, to facilitate the implementation of World Wildlife Day.
- The first UN World Wildlife Day was celebrated on March 3, 2014
- The official website is http://www.wildlifeday.org/
- The official flickr page is https://www.flickr.com/photos/WorldWildlifeDay
- A dedicated World Wildlife Day Facebook page to share news and stories of the Day can be followed at: https://www.facebook.com/WorldWildlifeDay.
- The 2017 theme is "Listen to the young voices".
- This year, 2017, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) partnered to end rampant illegal wildlife trade and encourage active youth involvement in wildlife protection.
- The 2016 theme is "The future of wildlife is in our hands", with a sub-theme "The future of elephants is in our hands".
- The 2015 theme is "It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime".
- The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed 2,599 species, subspecies and sub-populations of critically endangered animals.
- There are also 1,975 critically endangered plants, fungi and other organisms.