The First Wildlife Exhibition and Festival Held

The
First Wildlife Exhibition and Festival has been held at the Addis Ababa Exhibition
Center from June 28-30, 2013.

The
exhibition and festival was held under the theme “ The Waliyas Need Home: Conserving
the Semien Mountains” has lasted for three days.

It
was organized by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) in collaboration
with Wings Education and Media and the authority’s Good-Will Ambassador, Artist
Chachi Taddese.

The
aim of exhibition was mainly to raise awareness about the importance of wild animals
and their habitats particularly to elementary students of different government
and private schools and the general public.

During
the opening ceremony of the event, the authority’s Director General, Ewnetu
Bilata noted that “due to the lesser awareness that we have for conservation of
our National Parks, the Semien National Park is currently registered under the
UNESCO’s black list for its being one of the most endangered world heritage.”
Ewnetu remarked that “the motive behind this exhibition and festival which is
organized by the joint efforts of EWCA, Wings Education and Media and the
Good-Will Ambassador, Chachi, is to make the concerned bodies give their due
attention to the Semien Mountains National Park and suggest solutions for the
problem it recently faced.”

Honorable
guests, Ambassadors, Tour and Travel Agencies, Organizations working on
environmental protections, experts from Taxi Dermi Association, School
Children, Print and Electronic Media professionals, Stakeholders, Foreigners
and many Ethiopian visitors have been able to attend in the exhibition and festival
at large.

In
this event a new song called ‘Dinkiye’ meaning ‘Unique’ focusing on the need of
conserving wild animals and their habitat has been released.

Music
entertainments by well-known artists question and answer competitions by school
children and talent shows, among others, were part of the three days long
exhibition and festival, which gave it a total color.

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