October 1 to 7 is celebrated as Wildlife Week. A week to understand that we need to share our world with wildlife to sustain the future.

Pick up a paper and pen and write down five examples of wildlife. Chances are that more than half the list would be populated with lions, tigers, and elephants from the jungles of Africa and India. It might not fit our mental imagery, but wildlife is much more than the fierce, four legged animals. It could be microscopic, or as large as a whale!

Wildlife everywhere

Wildlife is any living organism other than a plant, which lives in a natural state, providing for its own food, shelter and other needs in a suitable habitat. Wildlife is not limited to big animals living in dense forests, but includes insects, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians too. Wildlife excludes animals that are tamed or domesticated.

And wildlife is not only in jungles but also in oceans, rivers, trees, soil, cities and towns, homes and gardens. We share our living space with wildlife of all shapes, sizes, and colours.

October 1 to 7 is celebrated as Wildlife Week to educate and inspire individuals and organisations to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the earth’s environment for a sustainable future.

Children’s Media Unit, Centre for Environment Education www.kidsrgreen.org

Act Now

Green spaces like gardens, parks, wild areas, and wetlands in a town or city are places for wildlife to thrive because these provide the basic needs of food, water, shelter or cover, and space. Protect and maintain parks and gardens in your area. Plant trees and care for them. Protest if wetlands in your city are turning into garbage dumping grounds. These are important habitats for wildlife. Protect these, let wildlife thrive.