How to Celebrate Our Planet’s Amazing Animals This National Wildlife Day
Unfortunately, wildlife animals are in danger forest degradation, dry spells, wildfires, and environmental degradation. And, while sanctuaries, national parks, and other institutions are doing their utmost to safeguard and enhance these endangered species, it is up to authorities, large corporations, and communities like us to provide assistance and do what we can, which is why it is more important than ever to perceive and appreciate holidays like National Wildlife Day on September 4.
National Wildlife Day can be celebrated in a multitude of ways!
You could pay a visit to an accredited animal sanctuary and contribute financially to their conservation efforts. You could enlighten people about the importance of animal conservation if you work in a school or library. You can always use your social media accounts to share animal photos or videos to raise awareness about the plight of threatened species.
Try painting, drawing, or sculpting your favorite animal if you want to do something crafty. If you prefer to cook, look for delectable plant-based, animal-themed recipes. You could even host a National Wildlife Day party and serve animal-themed (vegan) snacks while watching a movie like The Lion King.
Animal Abuse Arose in 1833
Equestrian acts were the first true animal acts in the circus. Elephants and big cats were soon on display as well. The first wild animals were introduced to the circus around 1831, when the French trainer Henri Martin was performing in Germany and presumably entered a cage with a tiger. Following him, Isaac A. Van Amburgh entered a cage with several big cats in 1833, and is widely regarded as the first wild animal trainer in American circus history.
Do still use animals are abused in 2021?
When Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its doors in 2017, other circuses followed suit as states and major cities outlawed the use of billhooks, whips, and the use of wild animals for entertainment. However, there are still circuses that travel around the country with animals.
When was the first National Wildlife Day observed?
Environmental protection did not take off in the United States until 1872, when President Ulysses S. Grant established Yellowstone National Park as the first U.S. National Park. According to National Today, Yellowstone was not only America’s first national park, but also the world’s first official national park.
Environmentalism advanced, beginning with President Theodore Roosevelt’s environmentally-altruistic acts and culminating in December 1973, when President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. However, National Wildlife Day did not become an official holiday until 2006.
National Wildlife Day Creator – Colleen Paige
Colleen Paige is a Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Advocate, Conservationist, Animal Behaviorist, Author, and the founder of a slew of other animal-related holidays, including National Dog Day and National Cat Day, to raise public awareness about the plight of animals worldwide.
The celebration was created by Colleen Paige to honor the late Steve Irwin, the popular animal activist and television star known as the Crocodile Hunter, according to the official National Wildlife Day website.
Colleen thrives on her special bond with animals and has devoted countless hours to rehabilitating sick, injured, and abused wildlife such as bears, tigers, elephants, wolves, bobcats, and others.
Paige was primarily interested in educating children, whom she saw as humanity’s future custodians and environmentalists.
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What Is the theme for World Wildlife Day 2021?
The theme of World Wildlife Day in 2021 is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet,” emphasizing the central role of forests, forest species, and ecosystem services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, particularly Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.
The prior year (2020) it was “Sustaining all life on Earth” that focuses on all wild animal and plant species as part of the diversity and livelihoods of people, particularly those who live in close proximity to nature.
Wildlife Conservation Quotes
“Never apologize for being over sensitive and emotional when defending the welfare of wildlife.
Let this be a sign that you have a big heart and aren’t afraid to show your true feelings. These emotions give you the strength to fight for what is right and to be the voice of those who cannot be heard.”
“Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited.
It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it’s too late. Extinction means forever.”
In aspects of animals, my prior blog was about interesting facts about elephants, so if you haven’t read it yet, here is the link!