National Wildlife Day
National Wildlife Day was first established in 2005 by the conservationist Colleen Paige, with the particular aim of spreading practical information about how we can preserve animal habitats and counteract the climate crisis. There has been some significant progress since this day was initially suggested, the Fin Whale is no longer classed as ‘endangered’ and there have been great improvements in the Mountain Gorilla population. This year, National Wildlife Day is focussing on “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” emphasising the relationship between humans, animals and the environment. On this day, people are encouraged to look after their local surroundings and do things to help animals maintain their natural habitats such as making sure there are bird baths and animal feeders available, taking time to clean up rubbish and learning ways to live more sustainably. It is estimated that 12.1 % of the land’s surface is covered by conservation safe reserves. National Wildlife Day is also celebrated on the 22nd of February to commemorate the passing of the animal activist Steve Irwin.
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