National Wildlife Day is celebrated on September 4 every year. It is created by Colleen Paige in honour of the late wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. This celebration aims to spread the love for the wilderness that Stever Irwin exhibited and also to raise awareness on several issues that all wildlife continue to tackle.
National Wildlife Day 2024 Theme
Every year, the celebration of National Wildlife Day is focused on a dedicated theme. This not only helps to narrow down the topic of conversation but also helps various activities to educate people on the subject with much more precision. The theme for National Wildlife Day 2024 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet“.
The theme of World Wildlife Day 2024 is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”. It focuses on the conservation of some of the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora. Also, it is important to drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY DATES
Year Date Day
2022 September 4 Sunday
2023 September 4 Monday
2024 September 4 Wednesday
2025 September 4 Thursday
National Wildlife Day Activities
Visit a Local Park
Whether you are there to take a walk, run, jog, or bike ride, you’ll be diving headfirst into the wildlife. There are plenty of birds, squirrels, and other animals to observe during your time there. There’s nothing like feeling at one with nature in a local park.
Birds are fascinating! Watch their habits; listen to their calls … The problems of everyday life seem to melt away when you watch nature at work. And by using binoculars, you finally get to view that cardinal up close.
Clean Up Your Local Beach or Park
This activity is a simple yet helpful double win! Why? Well, you’re not only cleaning up the wildlife’s home, but you’re also helping the planet! Cleaning up your local park or beach is a fantastic way to keep your local wildlife healthy and thriving, plus, it’s a great way to get involved in your community!
Visit Your Local Zoo or Aquarium
Since the day is set aside for animal conservation, visiting either a zoo or aquarium is the perfect activity! You’re giving money to a local organization that is dedicated to keeping the wildlife safe. They bring in endangered or injured animals and help nurse them back to life. For instance, the Virginia Zoo bonded an abandoned cheetah cub with a new mom so that she could live out a happy and healthy life.
Watch Animal Planet
This one is pretty obvious and explanatory. It’s even better if you pick a channel that is showing a preservation effort for an endangered species!
Donate to or Volunteer at a Local Animal Organization
You can choose a local or national wildlife organization to donate to or volunteer at. Any donation amount is helpful towards making a better future for our wildlife, even if it’s just $10!
16 Amazing Facts That Will Surprise You
- A snail can sleep for three years at a time.
- There are 1 million ants for every human in the world.
- A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes. Lucky pigs.
- A blue whale weighs as much as three elephants and is as long as three Greyhound buses.
- A bat can eat up to 1 thousand insects per hour.
- Octopuses have three hearts.
- Sharks kill fewer than 10 people per year. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year.
- Wild dolphins call each other by name. “Oi, Flipper!”
- Polar bears have black skin and see-through fur.
- Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times per second.
- Male koalas have two penises, and female koalas have two vaginas.
- At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces.
- The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that just one gram of it is enough to kill a person 150 times over.
- The bat is the only mammal that can fly.
- The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
- Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.
Forests are essential for all living beings to continue to have a healthy and comfortable life. But with the rising pollution, the lack of conversations around climate change, and the blatant disregard towards key actions that are crucial today, to help us build a happy and livable future, occasions like National Wildlife Day help us steer the conversation in the right direction.