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