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World Wildlife Day celebrates forests and the people they support

As the world struggles with climate change and COVID-19, take a minute to learn more about this United Nations effort to spotlight the importance of forests.

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the wild animals and plants that inhabit our planet.

This year's theme, Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and the Planet, highlights the relationship between forest ecosystems and the hundreds of millions of people who depend on the forests for their basic needs and livelihoods.

In addition, 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity—plants, animals, fungi and bacteria—lives in forests. Among the different types of forests is the tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse and complex forests we have, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

It's unlikely you'll hike into the woods for a tea party with some squirrels and rabbits on March 3, but you can learn more about World Wildlife Day and ways to support these ecosystems and communities.

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