World Wildlife Conservation Day is observed annually on Dec. 4 to celebrate the varied forms of wild fauna and flora around the world and also to raise awareness about preserving and protecting the natural world and its inhabitants.

First celebrated in 2012, the day also aims at putting an end to wildlife crimes, such as illegal poaching and smuggling of animals, and supporting the Endangered Species Act.

On this occasion, here are a few quotes about wildlife conservation to share. (Courtesy – Good Reads)

  •  "If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love." ― Steve Irwin
  • "The hope of the future lies not in curbing the influence of human occupancy – it is already too late for that – but in creating a better understanding of the extent of that influence and a new ethic for its governance." ― Aldo Leopold
  • "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ― Frank Lloyd Wright
  •  "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." ― Albert Einstein 
  • "The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird symbolizes the strength and freedom of America. But as latter-day citizens we shall fail our trust if we permit the eagle to disappear." ― John F. Kennedy
  • “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." ― Elwyn Brooks White 
  • "We need to understand ourselves as biological creatures at one with the diversity of all life. When we can truly see this unity and interdependence, we will find nature to be forgiving, generous and resilient." ― Kenny Ausubel
  • "If you can reach out and touch and love and be with wildlife, you will forever be changed, and you will want to make the world a better place." ― Terri Irwin

A snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan. As few as 4,000 of the big cats could be left in the high mountains of Asia according to the World Wildlife Fund A snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan. Photo: AFP / Vyacheslav OSELEDKO