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National Wildlife Day

National Wildlife Day was founded in 2005, "to bring awareness to the number of endangered animals nationally, as well as globally, that need to be preserved and rescued from their demise each year, and also to acknowledge zoos and outstanding animal sanctuaries and organizations globally" for their work to preserve animals and educate the population, especially children, about conservation. The day was made by Colleen Paige, founder of other animal themed days such as National Dog Day. With the passing of Steve Irwin, the Australian zookeeper and conservationist, known for his television show, The Crocodile Hunter, the date of the day was changed to coincide with his birthday.

How to Observe National Wildlife Day

The National Wildlife Day website suggests numerous ways the day could be celebrated. You could partner with an animal sanctuary to host an educational event, or you could promote an event at a zoo or library. Also, you could donate to, or volunteer at an animal organization. You could talk to your family or friends about endangered animals, simply visit the zoo, or take a walk somewhere where you will see wildlife.


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