Last year alone, poachers killed 30,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos in South Africa. It marked a new disastrous record in the number of animals gunned down for the growing lucrative global trade in ivory and rhino horns. Despite these alarming numbers, there is little awareness about the importance of preserving our biological diversity. The United Nations is trying to change that by declaring March 3 as World Wildlife Day. Even if it’s just for a day, the aim is to make people think about the precious value of the species that live in deserts, forests, rivers and in the mountains. The date has special meaning because on that day in 1973, a world accord against trade in endangered species was declared. Back then too, illegal poaching was rampant and animals were being routinely killed for their body parts. We use the occasion of World Wildlife Day to bring to you our video reports from our archive that don’t just focus on the importance of preserving wildlife for the survival of the planet, but also celebrate the diversity of species.