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World Events August 2018 WhatsOrb. Sustainability is especially important for animals

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by: Hans van der Broek
World Events August 2018 WhatsOrb. Sustainability is especially important for animals

World Lion Day the 10th of August.

Two lions hugging each other #event, #global, #whatsorb

This celebration of the animal kingdom’s most beautiful and fearsome creature was founded by; 'Big Cat Rescue', the worlds largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats. August 10th is a day for people to come together from across the world to pay tribute to the mighty lion in as many ways as possible. Though a fun and exciting occasion for all, its foundations are based in a very serious matter: lion numbers have dramatically declined to the point where the species needs to be placed on the endangered list, just like its larger cousin the tiger. How you celebrate is entirely up to you. You could change your social media profile pictures to a lion for the day, draw a sketch and share it with friends. The more we spread the word, the greater the chances of these incredible animals gracing our planet forevermore.

World elephant Day, the 12th of August.

Young elephant walking behind mother, #event, #whatsorb

On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature. The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world. World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. On World Elephant Day, August 12, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike. Support World Elephant Day so that we can continue to be a collective voice speaking out on behalf of elephants!

National Honey Bee Day, the 18th of August

Honey bee on Purple flower, #event, #whatsorb

On August 18th join HoneyLove as we celebrate National Honey Bee Day to honor the insect responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat with beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from all across the country. We take this opportunity to celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to our everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species for future generations. We also pay homage to beekeepers, whose labours ensure we have bees to pollinate our crops. The National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept. Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. 

World Orangutan Day, the 19th of August

#Orangutan sitting in a tree. #eevent, #WhatsOrb

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, every year! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species. From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these studies were done, deforestation rates have continued to climb which means the actual populations could be well below these. Something has to be done to save orangutans and that is the reason for International Orangutan Day!

Special!

For WhatsOrb visitors and users who live in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) there is an extra opportunity to help supporting Orangutans. Check out on Mama Makan’s terrace on 19 August from 12.30 – 15.30PM thus to support the Orangutan Foundation. Thanks already and enjoy the barbeque.

orangutan baby

Image by: Fabrizio Frigeni

Cover image: Lewis Roberts

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World traveler, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Has countless ideas and set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. Has an opinion about everything and unlimited thoughts about a better world. He likes hiking and climbed numerous 5.000 m.
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