Today marks the first-ever World Wildlife Day, a UN-backed event to draw attention to the threats faced by animals around the globe.
"While the threats to wildlife are great, we can reduce them through our collective efforts," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. "On this inaugural World Wildlife Day, I urge all sectors of society to end illegal wildlife trafficking and commit to trading and using wild plants and animals sustainably and equitably."
Here on Strombo.com, we've brought you all kinds of stories about species at risk. There's the Instant Wild project, which has set up a series of satellite-connected, motion-activated cameras in Kenya to help find and photograph endangered animals. There's the ongoing plight of elephants and rhinos which are continually poached for the ivory in their tusks and horns — and the tactic of crushing large national stockpiles of tusks and trinkets to discourage poachers. We've even told you about five species that were thought to be extinct — before they were rediscovered in the wild.
Most of those stories have to do with animals and plants in places far away from Canada. But this country has its share of species at risk too. The federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) lists more than 500 species as either a special concern, threatened, endangered or extirpated (no longer seen in the wild in Canada) — and that number grows each year as new species are considered and added to the list. In the gallery above, we've rounded up five different animals at risk within our very own borders.