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We love celebrating animals and what better way to do it than to find all the special holidays dedicated to the different species in the world.


Global (17 June 2022) – We absolutely adore animals whether wild or domesticated. So we thought it would be fun to do a story listing all the important animal holidays worth celebrating.

We recently shared a story about World Otter Day and seeing all the otter photos made our hearts rather happy! In the past, we have shared stories about all the fun foodie days celebrated around the world and a story about the official United Nations Days one can expect.

Not all the days listed below are official days, some are listed as fun days.

Now it is time for the animals! While animal days are the highlight, we are also going to throw in a few of the important environmental days that celebrate the habitats of these animals. We will list the days from January to December. Let’s take a look.


2nd Saturday in Jan – Eagle Day
16 Jan – Appreciate a Dragon Day
20 Jan – Penguin Awareness Day
21 Jan – Squirrel Appreciation Day


Humpback Whale Awareness Month
International Hoof-Care Month
02 Feb – World Wetlands Day
02 Feb – Hedgehog Day
15 Feb – Hippo Day
27 Feb – International Polar Bear Day
3rd Saturday in Feb – World Pangolin Day
3rd Saturday in Feb – World Whale Day


03 Mar – World Wildlife Day
14 Mar – Save a Spider Day
16 Mar – Panda Day
20 Mar – World Frog Day
20 Mar – World Sparrow Day
21 Mar – International Day of Forests
3rd Thursday in Mar – Farm Rescuer Day


04 Apr – World Rat Day
14 Apr – Save the Dolphin Day
24 Apr – World Day for Animals in Laboratories
25 Apr – World Penguin Day
27 Apr – Marine Mammal Rescue Day
Last Sunday in April – World Veterinary Day


01 May – Save the Rhino Day
02 May – World Tuna Day
04 May – International Respect for Chickens Day
08 May – World Migratory Bird Day
15 May – International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
20 May – World Bee Day
22 May – International Day for Biological Diversity
23 May – International Turtle Day
31 May – World Parrot Day
Last Wednesday in May – World Otter Day
3rd Friday in May – Endangered Species Day


06 – 12 Jun – Garden Wildlife Week (UK)
05 Jun – World Environment Day
05 Jun – World Day Against Speciesism
08 Jun – World Oceans Day
08 Jun – International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos
16 Jun – World Sea Turtle Day
20 Jun – Take Your Cat to Work Day
21 Jun – Bring Your Dog to Work Day
21 Jun – World Giraffe Day
2nd Tuesday in June – World Pet Memorial Day


14 Jul – Shark Awareness Day
16 Jul – World Snake Day
29 Jul – International Tiger Day


08 Aug – International Cat Day
10 Aug – World Lion Day
12 Aug – World Elephant Day
14 Aug – World Lizard Day
19 Aug – World Orangutan Day
20 Aug – World Honey Bee Day
20 Aug – World Mosquito Day
26 Aug – National Dog Day (USA)
30 Aug – International Whale Shark Day


1st Saturday in Sep – International Vulture Awareness Day
22 Sep – World Rhino Day
24 Sep – International Rabbit Day
28 Sep – World Rabies Day


02 Oct – World Farm Animals Day
04 Oct – World Habitat Day
04 Oct – World Animal Day
06 Oct – National Badger Day (UK)
09 Oct – National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (USA)
09 Oct – African Penguin Awareness Day
10 Oct – Animal Road Accident Awareness Day
20 Oct – International Sloth Day
21 Oct – Reptile Awareness Day
29 Oct – National Cat Day (USA)


Adopt a Turkey Month
03 Nov – Jellyfish Day


04 Dec – International Cheetah Day
04 Dec – World Wildlife Conservation Day
09 Dec – International Day of Veterinary Medicine
10 Dec – International Animal Rights Day
11 Dec – Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day
14 Dec – Monkey Day

Which animals day celebrates your favourite animal? Let us know in the comment section.

Sources: GTG
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