National Wildlife Day was established in 2005 by animal behaviorist and philanthropist Colleen Paige. Though commemorated on September 4th each year, this day is also observed on February 22nd to give animals a double voice. National Wildlife Day seeks to raise awareness of endangered species across the country that must be maintained, as well as to thank zoos and sanctuaries for their assistance in maintaining the planet’s biodiversity and educating the public.
You may be asking why this day is observed twice a year, and the answer is to commemorate wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin. From the day Steve Irwin was born on February 22nd to the day he sadly died on September 4th. This day is significant because it offers a voice to protect our native fish, plants, and other wildlife from extinction, as well as enabling us to educate and guarantee that future generations can witness the magnificent creatures the planet has to offer. Make Steve Irwin proud and spend this day with pride.
The National wildlife day website suggests the following ways to celebrate:
- Partner with a local animal sanctuary to host a fun and educational event.
- Helping to promote an event at your local zoo or library by handing out flyers and posting info on your website if you have one.
- Partner with us to host an event at a local zoo or sanctuary.
- Help support our work by promoting our social media pages to your friends.
- Draw or paint your favorite wild animal and share it with us for a chance to be featured on one of our tees.
- Suggest to your local zoo, school, library, nonprofit organization, or animal sanctuary about hosting a National Wildlife Day event.