National Zoo Lovers Day is celebrated every April 8 to encourage people to go to a zoo to visit the animals.
If you can’t visit a zoo in person, you can view animals via live webcam like at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Other animal webcams are available at explore.org.
There are over 350 zoos in the United States and over 10,000 zoos located worldwide.
National Panda Day is celebrated every March 16th to celebrate the beloved animal and to draw attention to its endangered status.
Some quick facts about the giant panda-
- Giant Pandas diet consists mainly of bamboo and they can eat up to 30 lb (14 kg) a day.
- Female adults can weigh up to 200 lb (91 kg) and males can weigh up to 300 lb (136 kg).
- Giant pandas paws have one thumb and five fingers.
- Most wild giant pandas live in the mountains of Central China.
- There are less than 2000 giant pandas left in the wild.
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National Pig Day is celebrated every March 1 to honor the cute and intelligent animal! This celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave.
Here are some quick facts about the babirusa pig-
- The babirusa are found the Indonesian Islands of Sulawesi, Togian and Sula
- The babirusa is often called deer-pig due to the delicate shape of their legs and their large antler-like canines
- Babirusa eats: fruits, berries, leaves, nuts and small mammals
- The babirusa has little or no hair
- Pigs are considered the 4th smartest animal (behind chimps, dolphins and elephants)
- The babirusa conservation status is Vulnerable
International Polar Bear Day is celebrated every year on February 27 to bring attention to the conservation status of the polar bear and to appreciate this large and cute animal.
Some quick facts about the Polar Bear-
- Adult male polar bears can weigh up to 1500 lbs (680 kg)
- Polar bears main food source is ringed and bearded seals, but also eat birds, rodents and fish
- Polar bears can swim nonstop for days and cover over 100 miles (161 km)
- Newborn polar bear cubs weigh about 2 lbs (0.9 kg) and are often a litter of 2
- Polar bears are considered a vulnerable species with about 25000 left in the wild