National Wildlife Day | September 4
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


National Wildlife Day on September 4th encourages improved awareness of the species around us and in the broader world. 


This National Day focuses on endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved.

No matter where you live, opportunities abound to learn and participate in the day. Wildlife doesn’t only exist in the forest or outside the city limits. Look closely. The creatures and animals sharing our world live under our feet and in the sky above us. Our rivers, lakes and oceans are teeming with wildlife of all sizes. It’s essential to understand how we impact the habitats that animals need to survive. Their homes supply their food and shelter.

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Since wildlife relies on a stable habitat, understanding conservation and preservation is important. Developing strategies helps to maintain existing habitats and repair or replace those that have been destroyed. These strategies are especially important when a decline in a species is detected. For example, each year in August, International Whale Shark Day brings attention to the plight of the world’s largest fish. Despite efforts, the gentle giant continues to decline in numbers.   

Around the world, facilities and organizations will present seminars and educational programs. Additionally, podcasts and documentaries alert us to the changing conditions for various species around the world.  Some may be as close as your own backyard. From the sky to the depths of the ocean, wildlife surrounds us.


Participate in a presentation. Volunteer to fund-raise for rehabilitation services. Other ways to celebrate the day include:

  • Learn about the needs of endangered species and how conservation efforts work.
  • While learning, implement your own techniques, as suggested by preservationists.
  • Go on a wildlife walk and learn about the inhabitants near you. Visit the National Wildlife Federation to learn more. 

Use #NationalWildlifeDay to post on social media. Share photos of your neighborhood wildlife or even those farther from home. 

If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. – Steve Irwin

Educators can visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects designed for their students. 


Colleen Paige, the Pet Lifestyle Expert and author founded National Wildlife Day in 2005. She created the day in honor of and later in memory of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. The global awareness day brings education to the public concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation. 

Wildlife FAQ

Q. Is there a World Wildlife Day?
A. Yes. World Wildlife Day is on March 3rd.

Q. What does conservation mean?
A. Conservation is a planned effort to protect a natural resource. The effort protects plants, wildlife, habitat, and water by preventing overuse, destruction, and neglect.

Q. What is an aviary?
A. An aviary is a large enclosure used to house birds. These sturdy enclosures are built to give birds a larger living space and room to fly. They are also large enough for a human can enter to give care, feed, water, and clean the enclosure. 


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