Zoo Animals & Zoos
World Saiga Day
World Saiga Day has been celebrated each year since 2011 but has been observed locally in schools in Uzbekistan since 2008. The early date in May corresponds with the birth of the springtime calves. In 2022 World Saiga Day is on the 6th May.
International Tarsier Day
The fourth of May was chosen as International Tarsier Day. A day to celebrate one of the smallest primates and the only one which is purely carnivorous. This tiny South East Asian primate is under threat from habitat loss, the pet trade and killed as a 'snack food'.
World Hyaena Day
27th April is World Hyaena Day. It is unfortunate that the Hyaena gets some bad press, often depicted as scavenging cowards whereas the opposite is true. They are accomplished hunters with strong social bonds. Take some time out today to learn more about these wonderful animals.
World Rat Day
World Rat Day first appeared on the 4th April 2002. It is really a celebration of the 'Pet Rat' which are so very popular. Rats are very intelligent, can be trained and make good pets. It is however this very intelligence which have made them a problem too. They have spread widely through the world.
Fishing Cat February
February was chosen as the month to draw attention to the Vulnerable Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus. Why February? Well in the same month we have World Wetland Day and the wetlands of South and South East Asia are the natural habitat of these attractive little Felids.
International Hoof Care Week
International Hoof Care Week takes place every year in the third week of January. The week is designated to raise awareness of the extreme importance of the proper care of hooved animals. The maintenance of a healthy hoof goes a long way towards keeping an animal healthy.
International Red Panda Day
International Red Panda Day takes place each year on September the 17th (third Saturday in September). This day of celebration first took place in 2010 and was launched by the Red Panda Network to draw attention to the importance to the conservation issues surrounding the Red Panda Ailurus fulgens.
International Giant Panda Day
International Giant Panda Day takes place each year on the 16th March. This is to draw attention to the most iconic and colorful of bears. Everyone is familiar with the Giant Panda but few give it the attention it deserves.
World Pangolin Day
World Pangolin Day takes place each year during the third week of February. The main aim of the day is to draw the World's attention to the extreme threat that this interesting and harmless little creature is facing today. The most trafficked animal on the planet.
World Hippopotamus Day
World Hippopotamus Day takes place every year on February 15th. The day celebrates the third largest land mammal on earth. There are just two species of Hippopotamus, and both populations declining. They need us to think about them on their special day.
International Squirrel Appreciation Day
International Squirrel Appreciation was created to make us more aware of Squirrels. It takes place on the 21st January each year, Sometimes a nuisance but always a joy to watch. They are one of natures gardeners planting our forests and so under threat from deforestation.
International Hedgehog Day
Hedgehog Day takes place every year on the 2nd February, It shares this day with Groundhog Day in the US and Canada. As there are no Hedgehogs in the Americas immigrants took that tradition with them from Europe. It is all about predicting the weather.
The Year Of The Tigers
The first of February 2022 is officially the first day of the Year of the Tiger. This is in accordance with the Chinese Zodiac and welcomes in the Spring Festival. It is a time of great celebration that will last around two weeks.
International Monkey Day
International Monkey Day takes place on the 14th December of each year. it has been celebrated each year since 2000 when it was created and made popular by two artist students from Michigan State University. The day is for all non human primates to draw attention to habitat loss and poaching.
A Vulture Hunt in the Lincolnshire Marshes
Around 48 years ago we had a Griffon Vulture escape from the zoo. It was a balmy Spring day and the bird quickly caught a thermal before soaring to great heights and drifting off over the Lincolnshire marshes. Working on the supposition that the bird would...
Are Cheetahs Dangerous
Cheetah are frequently used as ambassador animals in zoos and by some as exotic pets because they are not considered dangerous. Where man and animal come in contact there is always a risk and it is no less so with Cheetah. They are dangerous.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The Smithsonian’s Zoo in Washington, DC has 1,800 animals representing 300 species in 13 exhibits. The zoo spans 163 acres. It has large open areas for most of its large animals. This makes it good for the animals and good for viewing. This article is largely based on my personal experience.