From World Elephant Day to World Mosquito Day! You name the animal and it probably is one of the World Animal Days.
Nope, not kidding! From the King of Beasts to the extinct Dinosaur and the highly endangered iconic Rhino to the common Frog…. A day is set aside on the calendar to celebrate and raise awareness for the species.
Most World Animal Days appear to have sprung up in the last couple of decades. However, the first “World Animal Day” took place on March 24, 1925 in Germany. More than 5,000 people attended the event! It originated with Heinrich Zimmermann, an animal protection activist. He was also the writer and publisher of the magazine “Mensh und Hund” (Man and Dog.) Today World Animal Day is an international celebration for animal rights and welfare.
World Elephant Day
On August 12, 2012 the inaugural World Elephant Day served to bring attention to the plight of both the African and Indian Elephants. Even our own Wildlife Hero Moses in Uganda has organized marches. His efforts have proven successful in convincing poachers to trade their spears for shovels.
World Lion Day
Dereck and Beverly Joubert initiated World Lion Day as recently as August 10, 2013 to raise awareness and fight to protect the remaining big cats living in the wild. Today people like Marnus and others join the ranks to preserve lions and their habitat.
World Mosquito Day
Surprisingly an important day! World Mosquito Day commemorates Sir Ronald Ross’ 1897 life changing discovery. He found a link between the illness malaria and the mosquito. Okay, so there is a real reason to celebrate! Living and even traveling in Malaria country can be a bit unnerving.
World Rhino Day
It was WWF-South Africa who declared World Rhino Day in 2010 as rhino poaching began escalating in that country once more. The past decade proved lethal for both the Black Rhino and the White Rhino. Their horn is nothing more than keratin, the same substance as our finger nails, yet the myths prevail. Myths of medicinal qualities and prestige. Each year on September 22nd organizations and activists raise their voices to stop the demand in Asia and the poaching in Africa. We’re grateful for Wildlife Heroes like Peter who make protecting the rhino their life’s mission.
World Pangolin Day
On the third Saturday of February since 2012 World Pangolin Day is celebrated to raise awareness for the plight of the planet’s most endangered mammal. Moses is just one of many who takes great risks. He snatches pangolin from the clutches of the wildlife trafficking trade.
So what’s with World Animal Days? They do much to involve people locally and internationally to raise awareness and funds to protect threatened and endangered wildlife species around the world.
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