Got an idea for a new holiday? Let us know!
Submit Holiday

National Endangered Species Day

Join us in protecting endangered species on National Endangered Species Day - let's work together to safeguard our planet!
Growth - Techcloud X Webflow Template
Location Icon
United States

National Endangered Species Day on the third Friday of May is a special day to recognize and celebrate the species in our world that are endangered and at risk of extinction. This day was first established in 2006 as an opportunity to learn about, protect, and preserve threatened species and their habitats. By raising awareness about these issues, we can take action to help conserve endangered species for future generations to come. Let's all come together on this special day to show support for the many species facing extinction!

History of National Endangered Species Day

National Endangered Species Day Dates

National Endangered Species Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1966</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Endangered Species Preservation Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passes the Endangered Species Preservation Act, marking the beginning of legal protection for threatened species.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1973</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Endangered Species Act Signed</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Richard Nixon signs the Endangered Species Act into law, significantly strengthening protections for endangered and threatened species.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1988</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of IUCN Red List</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) introduces the Red List, a comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1999</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Keystone Species Protection</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service implements a policy to focus on keystone species, crucial for maintaining the biodiversity of their habitats.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Endangered Species Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Senate passes a resolution marking the first official National Endangered Species Day, promoting education and conservation efforts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increasing Global Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Endangered Species Day is recognized globally, encompassing events in schools, zoos, museums and community centers worldwide to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Endangered Species Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about endangered species</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn more about endangered species. Read up on the types of animals that are currently endangered, and look into what is being done to help them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to an animal charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Donate to a charity that focuses on helping endangered species. Many organizations work to protect these animals and need support from individuals in order to continue their efforts.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a wildlife sanctuary</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a wildlife sanctuary to get up close and personal with endangered species. This is a great way to learn more about these animals and gain an appreciation for them.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local zoo</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Volunteer at your local zoo to help take care of their endangered species. This is a great way to give back and raise awareness of the plight of these animals.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about endangered species with your friends and family. Spread the word on social media, and encourage others to take action in order to help protect these animals.</p></div></div>

Why National Endangered Species Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Endangered species are fragile</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many endangered species around the world are in danger of extinction due to human activities such as overfishing, poaching, habitat destruction, and climate change. National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity to recognize the importance of such species and draw attention to their plight.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Endangered species help maintain balance</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Endangered species play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. They are integral parts of food chains and can influence not just the health of other animals but also the success of plant life within their environment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>We must protect them for future generations</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It's our responsibility to ensure these precious species remain on the planet for future generations. By participating in activities related to National Endangered Species Day, we can help raise awareness both locally and globally and take action to protect these incredible creatures.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts on Endangered Species Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Amur Leopard is the World's Most Endangered Big Cat</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Amur leopard, a subspecies native to the southeastern regions of Russia and northeastern China, is listed as critically endangered, with an estimated population of merely around 60 individuals in the wild.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Over 40% of Amphibian Species are Currently Endangered</h3><p class='facts-content'>Due to factors like habitat loss, climate change, and a deadly fungal disease, more than 40% of the world's amphibian species are at risk of extinction, according to the IUCN.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Overfishing Impacting the Survival of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna</h3><p class='facts-content'>Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, a species highly sought after for sushi, has been overfished to the point of endangerment. Efforts in sustainable fishing are critical to its survival.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Black Rhinos are Critically Endangered Due to Poaching </h3><p class='facts-content'>Although protections have increased, Black Rhinos remain critically endangered due to demand for their horns in illegal wildlife trade, with around 5,600 left in the wild.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Sumatran Orangutan's Habitat is Disappearing</h3><p class='facts-content'>Sumatran Orangutan, a great ape native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, faces a severe threat from habitat loss, primarily for palm oil plantations. Less than 14,000 are believed to exist in the wild.</p></div></div>

National Endangered Species Day FAQs

When is National Endangered Species Day?

National Endangered Species Day Dates



May 19



May 17



May 16



May 15



May 21


Cause Holidays