The United Nation's General Assembly has designated March 3 as a time to honor the living things that surround us with beauty. World Wildlife Day was established in 2013 to honor CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora which was founded on the same day in 1973. The group is tasked with protecting the remaining wildlife we have, but humanity hasn't been doing a terribly good job at it.
Warning: This post contains graphic photos that may upset some readers.
As many as 100,000 African elephants have been slaughtered for their ivory in the past three years. A record number of rhinos were killed for their horns last year. And tiger populations remain on the brink of collapse.
This year's theme is "It's time to get serious about wildlife crime," so we put together a list of some of the most vulnerable species around the globe. We all know what an elephant looks like, but the world may soon have to get used to a future where we only remember them from photos.