April 8th Zoo Lover’s Day

April 8th marks a special day for all the zoo lovers out there! While some may argue that zoos are not the ideal place for wild animals, it’s important to acknowledge the efforts of modern-day zoos to provide a safe and healthy environment for the animals that live within them.

Gone are the days of small, cramped cages and inadequate care. Nowadays, zoos prioritize animal welfare and provide an opportunity for animals that cannot survive in the wild to receive proper care and attention. Many zoos also play a critical role in conservation efforts and education, helping to protect and preserve endangered species.

So, if you’re a zoo enthusiast or simply love animals, consider celebrating Zoo Lover’s Day by supporting your local zoo. Whether it’s through a donation, volunteering, or simply spreading awareness about the important work that zoos do, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation.

And remember, while we may never truly know what goes on in the minds of wild animals, we can take comfort in knowing that many modern-day zoos are doing their best to provide a safe and nurturing environment for these magnificent creatures.


March 28th Barnum & Bailey Day

The days of the traditional circus are gone. There will be no more traveling circus that have animals as featured parts of their entertainment. Some say this is good, others are disappointed. Phineas Barnum and James Bailey did bring the world of the circus to America starting in 1881 and closing in 2017. They were “The Greatest Show On Earth” and educated many people about different animals of the world as well as many different types of people in the world as well. They did it for money and profits, often not allowing the animals or human entertainers to receive proper treatment or care. But they also brought about a way of life for many who, while not thriving in their line of work, did serve a purpose often not made available to them.

How to celebrate – Read about the days of Barnum and Bailey. Read about the actors and animals Barnum and Bailey employed. Watch the film, “The Greatest Show On Earth”

February 22nd National Wildlife Day

National Wildlife Day was originally founded by Colleen Paige in 2005 in order to bring attention to the plight of all wildlife across the world. While that is still the main purpose of the day it has been moved from September 4th to February 22nd to commemorate the life and efforts of Wildlife Warrior, Steve Irwin after he passed, February 22nd is Irwin’s birthday. It would be hard to think of Steve Irwin without thinking of Wildlife, and equally as hard to think of Wildlife without Steve Irwin. This was a good call to put the day on his birthday so that the two are forever linked to each other.

How to celebrate – Remember Steve Irwin. Remember the needs of Wildlife all across the world. Help save wildlife where you can, no matter where you are.

January 31st International Zebra Day

Zebras are native to Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Namibia and Angola on the African continent. They are also slowly being swept off the face of the earth as those countries expand their population and eat up the land the Zebra thrives on. In fact, 54% of the zebra population has already been destroyed, Today we recognize the plight of the Zebra as we try and save what is left of them before it is too late and zoos are the only place left to view any animals, in this case, the Zebra..

How to celebrate – Care about the animals we are leaving no place to live. Give to foundations that help the animals in the wild. Visit one of those countries to see Zebras in the wild.

August 8th International Cat Day

So today we celebrate the household cat, all 500 million of them worldwide. Here in the US there are 95 million alone, I sort of would have expected more. We have 10, well nine that stay with us and one that wanders. Every day they find some reason to hate each other but eventually, around suppertime, find a way to get along. The oldest cat known to have lived was Creme Puff who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. That’s a long time for any animal with a few exceptions. Today was created by in International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.

How to celebrate – Check to see how many cats live at your house, you might be surprised. Cats were originally a working animal used to keep the rodent population down. There are 40 different species of cats, yes that includes tigers, leopards, see how many you can name.

June 22nd World Rain Forest Day

Rain forests provide 20% of the oxygen we breath and are home to nearly 50% of the earth’s animals. Just those two reasons should be reason enough for us to protect them and cherish them, but we often don’t. Man, wanting special woods and wanting room to expand the settled areas of the world often destroy the rain forests knowing it will take years for them to regrow if they regrow at all. They help keep the climates of the earth stable and rid the earth of carbon dioxide as well, again two more reasons we should be aware of what we are doing.

How to celebrate – Visit a Rain Forest, they even exist in Alaska. Join the “Rain Forest Partnership”. Don’t buy products that come from the rain forests.

May 20th National Endangered Species Day

There is no doubt that animals worst enemy is man. We kill them for food, sport and because we want their homeland to build new homes and businesses for ourselves. So it’s only natural that we should be responsible to keep the endanger species alive in the world since we are the ones destroying them. Today is celebrate on the third Friday of May and proclaimed by the US Congress in 2006. It is supported by the National Wildlife Foundation and the US Fish and Wildlife Organizations. It would be a shame to see so many creatures of the earth disappear because we just didn’t care.

How to celebrate – Support wildlife organizations in anyway you can. Learn which creatures are endangered in your area. Zoos are not endangered species enemy, support them in their efforts to keep species alive.

April 16th World Circus Day

The circus use to be a major entertainment medium in the United States. It traveled from city to city exposing Americans to different animals and acts they would not have ever seen otherwise. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey started in 1871 bring it’s acts to the world. They would enter town with parades and entertainers performing acts seldom seen anywhere. On October 6th, 2017 they closed forever. Some say this was good, others say it was bad. Either way, it’s another piece of history pushed aside by people who would rather watch the world pass them by on their cell phone.

How to celebrate – Read about the circus. Read about Barnum Bailey and the Ringling Brothers. “Watch The Greatest Show on Earth”.

August 26th National Dog Day

If you are a dog lover this day comes every day! Dogs are truly man’s best friend. That’s not holding anything against cats or birds or any other pet you choose to keep, But dogs and man go together like soup and sandwich, cookies and milk, pb & j… well you get the picture. I’m not sure one can survive without the other. Take care of your dog, love your dog, spend time with your dog and they will reward you time and time again. Today was created in 2004 by Colleen Paige, Pet Lifestyle Expert. And yes, the picture for today is the same as the one for yesterday because … well … it just seems to fit!

How to celebrate – Love your dog. Give your dog some special treats today. Make friends with your best friend all over again today.

August 12th World Elephant Day

100 years ago, there were between 5 to 12 million African elephants, today there are about 400,000. 100 years ago, there were over a million Asian elephants, today there are between 20,000 and 40,000. Sadly, their biggest enemy is man. An African elephant is the largest creature on earth, and it can live to be 86 years old if left alone to live its life. Film maker Patricia Sims of Canazwest Productions started World Elephant Day in 2011 to celebrate these magnificent creatures.

How to celebrate – Let animals in the wild live their lives without human interference. Don’t buy anything made with ivory. Support causes celebrating elephants.