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Joburg City Parks and Zoo is reaching out for World Environment Day, with special activities for learners as well as talks and exhibits at the ConHill Festival.

City Parks reaches out for World Environment Day

World Environment Day, held annually on 5 June, is a United Nations-endorsed platform for stimulating worldwide awareness of the environment and promoting ways to safeguard it.

The 2016 theme for World Environment Day is "Go Wild for Life - Save the Environment".

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) is contributing to the celebration with special activities at Joburg Zoo, Constitution Hill and The Wilds, running from Sunday, 5 June through Friday, 6 June.

At The Wilds Park

On Sunday, 5 June, JCPZ's Wilds team will partner with Green Beings NGO to host around 100 learners from St Johns, King Edward and Barnato High School.

Learners will participate in a cleaning campaign, including removing weeds and alien invasive plants and revamping the pathways for better soil erosion control.

At Joburg Zoo

On Monday, 6 June JCPZ will educate groups of learners about species under threat and on ways in which to safeguard these species for future generations.  

At Constitution Hill

From Wednesday through Friday, 8 to 10 June, JCPZ will partner with the City of Johannesburg to raise awareness through exhibits and talks on biodiversity at the ConHill Festival.

Quick facts about some animals nearing extinction

Pickergills Reedfrog: critically endangered
The Pickersgills Reed Frog is one of the most endangered amphibians in South Africa. It's endemic to the coastline of KwaZulu-Natal, where their numbers are shockingly low and vastly spread out along the coast.

Cape Vulture
Cape Vultures are only found in southern Africa, limiting the already decreasing population. By eating off carcasses they avoid diseases from spreading among the animal kingdom.

The major threats to cheetahs come from farmer-predator conflict and loss of habitat.

African Wild Dog
There has always been a very negative misconception around the African wild dog, or painted dog.

Western Black Rhino
The western black rhino was declared extinct by IUCN IN 2011. They were believed to have been from other different rhino subspecies.

Ways to protect wildlife nearing extinction

  • Become a member of the African Association of Zoo's and Aquaria.
  • Join the EWT, or donate money to the programme.
  • Visit Cheetah Outreach in Somerset West for R10 and learn more about the cheetahs and their conservation in the wild.
  • Make a donation to Cheetah Outreach or the Cheetah conservation fund.
  • Help educate people about rhino poaching. The more that people stand for the same course of action, the more initiatives there be to protect, save and finally secure the survival of our rhinos.

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