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Global March for Elephant, Rhino and Lions

When:

Sat 24 Sep 2016, 11:00am–2:00pm

Where: Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Road, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: natkyriacou

On Saturday, September 24, hundreds of wildlife advocates will be gathering at Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens at 11am to march in support of lions, elephants and rhinos, along with thousands of people around the world.

Make sure to wear your Onesie!

Melbourne’s Global March, hosted by Australian wildlife groups, My Green World and For the Love of Wildlife, will be part of a global movement, where over 125 cities worldwide will demonstrate their commitment to wildlife by marching through the streets.

Gathering at Alexandra Gardens and marching along Southbank toward the Red Stair Amphitheatre, the event will host a range of wildlife conservationists, celebrities and activists who are demanding an end to the trade in elephant, rhino and lion parts that are putting these species on the brink of extinction.

Every year, upwards of 35,000 elephants and 1,200 rhinos are brutally killed by poachers. Their tusks and horns are hacked from their faces and illegally trafficked around the world, mainly to countries in Asia where demand is highest. Heavily armed, well-organized gangs carry out the killing, and in some areas terrorist groups run the poaching and transport networks for ivory. If the slaughter continues at current levels, elephants, rhinos and lions face extinction in the wild within a generation.

The March will send a message to Delegates of the CITES CoP17 conference in Johannesburg to move all populations of elephants and rhino species to Appendix I status, which will impose a global ban on trade in their body parts, and to reject proposals for trade in ivory or horn.