The emphasis of the United Nations declared day is to recognise the importance of the world’s wildlife and the need to protect it, particularly by putting an end to wildlife crimes such as native animal trafficking and urban consumption.
The Nature Park utilised the day to promote its public awareness campaigns of: City People Don’t Eat Bush Meat, Don’t Buy Native Animals as Pets, and Know Your Protected Species. The Park also highlighted its conservation work on the Pig-Nosed Turtle ‘Head Start’ program, a 2-year research program being operated at the Park in partnership with Piku Conservation Inc and the University of Canberra with one of the turtle ambassadors on display.
Port Moresby Nature Park’s General Manager, Michelle McGeorge said, “The Nature Park is heavily committed to promoting conservation, education and research, and events such as today enable us to share with the community and provide a platform for the amazing organisations that are dedicating themselves to the protection of PNG’s wildlife.”
Over 100 volunteers helped out on the day. The event was also broadcast live throughout the day on Rait FM giving conservation organisations the opportunity to share their works across the country.