Although we here at SavingWild.com celebrate and work towards protecting animals every day of the year, designating a wildlife day for one species, or a group of animals – as in Endangered Species Day or International Primate Day – has become popular. It’s a day to focus your efforts, collaborate with others who share your love for a particular species, and for the animal to get extra worldwide attention on the plight of their species.

 

What does it take to start a day in honor of a species? Sometimes the celebrated day is a social media event started by a passionate individual like yourself. In other cases it is a more formal affair. For instance beekeepers in the USA petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture in 2009 for an official day (August 20th) for honey bees.

 

The list below includes the days celebrating wildlife, but not the weeks that are sometimes designated – as the third week in September for Sea Otter Awareness Week.

 

Although a designated day, or a week a year, for wildlife is a good thing, our goal here at SavingWild.com is for every animal to be celebrated, respected, and acknowledged as an equally important part of the ecosystem, and our lives, EVERYDAY of the year.

 

LIST OF WILDLIFE DAY DESIGNATIONS

January 5          National Bird Day

 

January 31        International Zebra Day

 

February 27      International Polar Bear Day

 

March 3             World Wildlife Day   http://www.wildlifeday.org

 

March 14           National Learn About Butterflies Day

 

April 24             World Penguin Day

 

May 4                 Bird Day

 

May 13               International Bird Day

 

May 20               Endangered Species Day

 

May 23               World Turtle Day

 

June 21              World Giraffe Day

 

July 28               International Tiger Day

 

August 10          World Lion Day

 

August 12           World Elephant Day

 

August 13           International Wolf Day

 

August 20           World Honey Bee Day

 

August 26           Mountain Lion Day

 

August 27           Dog Day

 

September 1       International Primate Day

 

September 21     Rhino Day

 

October 1            Raccoon Appreciation Day

 

October 4            World Animal Day

 

October 23          International Snow Leopard Day

 

November (1st Saturday) National Bison Day

 

December 4        International Cheetah Day

 

December 4        International Wildlife Conservation Day

 

 

I hope you will let me know in the comments below of any dates I am missing on this wildlife day list.

*Featured photo by Henry Holdsworth, Wild by Nature Gallery