Today 3rd March 2021, is the World Wildlife Day.
TikTok has announced the launch of the #TikTokWildlifeDay campaign.
Through this initiative, TikTok is offering its global communities a fresh, immersive, and edu-taining 24-hour wildlife safari sightings experience via TikTok LIVE.
This will allow users to express their creativity while increasing knowledge on wildlife protection.
World Wildlife Day is observed annually on 3 March, celebrating, and raising awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
It reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species, which have wide-ranging economic, environmental, and social impacts.
Since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, international tourism has severely diminished in Africa, effectively drying up a critical source of income for conservation.
Across Africa, conservation areas of all kinds, from private reserves to national parks to community-managed areas are critical for saving wild species.
#TikTokWildlifeDay was launched to drive awareness around the diverse and beautiful wildlife in Africa as well as to encourage people to visit and support wildlife areas when they can.
TikTok users are encouraged to show their support by posting their videos using the official sticker to discover their “wild animal match“.
In addition to the sticker, users can tune in to watch various online safaris through TikTok LIVE via the Latest Sightings account on the 3rd and 4th of March.
In these LIVE virtual safaris, viewers will be taken on a special tour of four South African Reserves: MalaMala Game Reserve, Mjejane Private Game Reserve, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary and Black Rhino Private Game Reserve.
They will watch a variety of incredible animals such as Africa’s famous “Big Five” (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, and buffalo).
Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok Content Operations Manager, Africa, said that TikTok has always been committed to being a platform that inspires creativity and brings joy, which is why this initiative is such a special one.
“TikTok is not only for entertainment – it is a space where the community can come to learn about things too. With its vast global reach, TikTok is the perfect platform to share useful information, to teach and learn and inspire others in a way that is creative, fun, and engaging. We want to use this opportunity to inspire a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet and those around them as well as shine a light on important conservation areas, many of which are currently open for visitors.” Sidwaba said.
“As we slowly return to pre-COVID tourism levels on the African continent, we must ensure that conservation of wildlife is a priority,” said Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, UNEP’s Regional Representative for Africa.
“UNEP supports TikTok’s efforts to boost awareness of the importance of conserving Africa’s biodiversity in their natural habitats for the health of people and planet.” she said.
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