Animal Holidays – National and International Days

I keep a handy list on my computer calendar, which lists all the animal social media “holidays”, such as national days, international days, world days, awareness days, and appreciation days.  I thought I would share it with you.  This list can be used for any year, as most days are set.  Some are listed as a particular day of the week (World Pangolin Day, for example, is the third Saturday of February).  I have not found a website yet that has all of the animal days listed in one place, so I compiled a list combining all of them in one place. This list includes wildlife and endangered species, as well as pets like cats and dogs.

The animal holidays are divided into sections by month.  I do not have animal weeks or animal months listed here; I may add them in the future. Each animal holiday has a link to a website with more information about the day and the animal, if one exists. If I am missing any, please Contact Me and let me know!


January



February



March



April


  • National Ferret Day – April 2
  • World Aquatic Animal Day – April 3
  • World Rat Day – April 4
  • International Beaver Day – April 7
  • National Pet Day – April 11
  • National Dolphin Day – April 14
  • International Bat Appreciation Day – April 17
  • Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day – April 17
  • World Penguin Day – April 25
  • World Tapir Day – April 27
  • International Hyena Day – April 27

May



June



July



August



September


  • Ginger Cat Appreciation Day – September 1
  • National Wildlife Day – September 4
  • National Hummingbird Day – First Saturday in September
  • World Vulture Day – September 5
  • National Iguana Awareness Day – September 8
  • International Red Panda Day – Third Saturday of September
  • National Fox Day – September 17
  • World Rhino Day – September 22
  • World Gorilla Day – September 24
  • World Cassowary Day – September 26
  • International Rabbit Day – Fourth Saturday or Sunday in September

October


  • National Black Dog Day – October 1
  • World Farm Animal Day – October 2
  • World Animal Day – October 4
  • World Badger Day – October 6, 2020
  • National Salmon Day – October 8
  • World Okapi Day – October 18
  • International Sloth Day – October 20
  • National Reptile Awareness Day – October 21
  • International Wombat Day – October 22
  • International Snow Leopard Day – October 23
  • Freshwater Dolphin Day – October 24
  • International Gibbon Day – October 24
  • National Mule Day – October 26
  • World Lemur Day – Last Friday of October

November


  • National Bison Day – November 7
  • National Black Cat Day – November 17
  • International Jaguar Day – November 29

December


  • International Cheetah Day – December 4
  • World Wildlife Conservation Day – December 4
  • National Day of Animal Rights – December 10
  • National Day of the Horse – December 13

Sources for Animal Holidays: