July 29 is International Tiger Day! This day is set aside to appreciate the tiger and to raise awareness for tiger conservation issues. This Day was first established in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. To learn more about tiger conservation and to make a difference, visit Panthera.org.
August 12 is World Elephant Day! This special day was first celebrated in 2012 and was created to create awareness of the current and urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. Asian elephants are listed as “Endangered” and African elephants are listed as “Vulnerable” by the IUCN. For more information on World Elephant Day, visit http://worldelephantday.org
August 19 is World Orangutan Day! This special day was established to bring attention to the plight orangutans face with deforestation and to encourage the preservation of the species. To learn more about orangutan conservation, visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation website.
National Dog Day is August 26th! This day was created to honor “man’s best friend”, the lovable dog. Dogs make great pets and many of them are looking for a good home. From support dogs that help the disabled, to the dogs that support law enforcement officers, to the bush dogs of South and Central America- we salute you!
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! This special day was first celebrated in 2001 to help raise awareness of feral cats and the promotion of “TNR”- Trap-Neuter-Return. It is estimated that 50-70 million feral cats live in the United States. To find out what you can do to help feral cats, visit FeralCat or AlleyCat.
October 21 is National Reptile Awareness Day! This day is set aside to promote appreciation and conservation of reptiles. The reptile family includes: turtles, lizards, crocodiles, snakes and more! Follow the chatter on Reptile Awareness Day on Twitter at #ReptileAwarenessDay.
January 31st is International Zebra Day! This special day is set aside to promote the awareness of protecting these unique African animals. Follow the photos and fun facts of International Zebra Day on Twitter at #InternationalZebraDay.
The Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi), shown above, is the largest living wild equid, weighing from 770-990 lbs (340-450 kg). The Grevy’s Zebra is an endangered species, with about 3000 left in the wild.