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India celebrates World Wildlife Day
"India has the highest number of tigers in the world and other species such as one-horned rhinoceros. Conservation of wildlife is our collective responsibility and duty," stated Minister of State of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav at an event to celebrate World Wildlife Day at National Zoological Park on Friday.

He called on the people to fight all obstacles to wildlife conservation at the event, which also included a symbolic ceremonial burning of the seized wildlife article.

The theme for this year's World Wildlife Day celebration is "Listen to the Young Voices", which is annually celebrated on March 3 across the world.

According to a press release, India is renowned for the conservation of animals and birds. Wildlife is an integral part of our life. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes.

Not only the animals and birds, forests are also worshipped in the form of 'Sacred Groves'. Several communities like Bishnois of Rajasthan, the Maldhari communities of Gir in Gujarat have contributed immensely towards the conservation and protection of wildlife, added the press note.

According to the UN, wildlife has an intrinsic value and contributes to the ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic aspects of sustainable development and human well-being. 

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