Hundreds of children and kids-at-heart drew colorful wildlife images in a pledge to protect endangered and vulnerable species during the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Doodle Day earlier this week.
Together with the Doodle Art Enthusiasts, the participants of last Sunday's event drew images of elephants, rhinos, tigers, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, sea horses, tamaraw, and Philippine eagles.
These endangered and vulnerable species fall victim to international wildlife trafficking, according to the WWF-Philippines.
"WWF’s Doodle Day is a creative way for youngsters and kids-at-heart to create a safer world for our wildlife and to help curb the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade," the organization said.
The participants also signed a "Commitment Wall" as a pledge to create a safer world for wildlife and to not patronize activities that harm nature and its inhabitants.
Proceeds from the event will help fund WWF-Philippines’ local endangered species conservation programs, which help protect the following:
- Whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon, where WWF facilitates a community-based eco-tourism and scientific research program;
- Dugongs in the Davao Gulf, where WWF carries out coastal resource management and climate change adaptation programs;
- Green sea turtles in Tawi-Tawi, where WWF implements mariculture management and marine conservation programs; and
- Irrawaddy dolphins at Malampaya Sound in Palawan, where WWF protects this critically-endangered species from threats like habitat loss and fisheries by catch.
WWF-Philippines National Ambassador Marc Nelson graced the event, which also included fun activity booths for face painting, henna tattooing, and portrait sketching. It was hosted by television personality Lexi Schulze and featured performances by The Library Kids, The Slinks, and Kat Lopez.