UN World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3, and this year’s theme is “Big cats: predators under threat”.
The idea is to raise awareness of endangered big cats, which include lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs and more.
The World Wildlife Day website said: “Big cats are among the most widely recognised and admired animals across the globe. However, today these charismatic predators are facing many and varied threats, which are mostly caused by human activities.
“Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.”
To celebrate World Wildlife Day, and this year’s focus on big cats, here are seven videos that prove lions, tigers and cheetah’s are just as adorable as little house cats.
Cheetahs are naturally solitary, but today Roketi got some playtime with Honey, one of her puppy pals🐶. This sassy cub was previously at the @sdzsafaripark, but recently moved to the Zoo to become an animal ambassador. #RainingCatsAndDogs #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/hBz8IIIVrg— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) January 19, 2018
Seeing your BFF at work like! Cullen is a cheetah companion dog, which means he gives his cheetah buddy, Emmett, a confidence boost. The #ColumbusZoo is a proud supporter of the @CCFCheetah! –Brannon #TakeoverTuesday pic.twitter.com/zGVnZ6uMGV— Columbus Zoo (@ColumbusZoo) February 20, 2018
Did you see the preview of The Zoo Sunday? Our snow leopard cub is doing GREAT. You can see for yourself at the Himalayan Highlands. Here's a throwback video that still makes us smile. pic.twitter.com/4aNHjqn8pj— Bronx Zoo (@BronxZoo) February 6, 2018
There isn't anything wrong with a little candlelight dinner for one tonight! Happy Valentine's Day from Amur tiger, Wiz! pic.twitter.com/wG3anm8G6A— Philadelphia Zoo (@phillyzoo) February 15, 2018
Happy World Wildlife Day!