Have all the big cats ever come under the international spotlight as a group? Probably not, but they will soon. The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival are teaming up again to organize an international film festival, this time for the world’s big cats, to raise global awareness of the critical challenges facing these iconic species.
The Film Festival is one of the global events to celebrate World Wildlife Day 2018 around the theme of big cats. Winners will be announced at UN Headquarters in New York at a high level event to observe the Day.
CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: “All big cats are protected under CITES because unregulated and illegal trade poses serious threats to their survival. World Wildlife Day 2018 and the film festival give us a unique opportunity to raise awareness about their plight as well as the ongoing national and global efforts to save these majestic species, through motion pictures and story-telling. The Festival will generate the level of attention big cats all deserve to ensure they are with us for generations to come.”
“At a time when the crisis can still be averted, it is essential to take action that empowers local engagement and personal commitment,” explained Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. “Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on the conservation of big cats. The festival will also engage the voices of local people from communities who are living with big cats, and seeking to support their conservation while securing a sustainable livelihood.”
For more details and to host a screening, please visit the website of Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival.