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National Wildlife Week

Get wild and celebrate National Wildlife Week by learning about conservation, exploring nature, and appreciating the incredible creatures that share our planet.
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Get ready to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of nature during National Wildlife Week, which start on April 5th every year. This week-long celebration was first established in 1938 by the National Wildlife Federation to raise awareness about conservation efforts and promote protection of our planet's diverse wildlife. From learning about endangered species to participating in outdoor activities, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a positive impact on our environment. So let's join forces and show our love for all creatures big and small!

History of National Wildlife Week

National Wildlife Week Dates

National Wildlife Week Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1938</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Wildlife Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Wildlife Federation founded National Wildlife Week to promote awareness about wildlife conservation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Earth Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Earth Day is celebrated, leading to increased environmental awareness, and thus promoting the significance of National Wildlife Week.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion of Conservation Education</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Wildlife Federation expanded its educational programs, broadening the reach of National Wildlife Week's conservation message.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Biodiversity Convention</div><div class='timeline-text'>The signing of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity increased global recognition for wildlife conservation, emphasizing the importance of National Wildlife Week.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the boom of the internet and social media, National Wildlife Week's message is amplified digitally, reaching a wider audience across the globe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Climate Strikes Amplify Message</div><div class='timeline-text'>Global climate strikes draw attention to the urgency of comprehensive environmental action, reinforcing the relevance of National Wildlife Week's conservation messages.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Wildlife Week

<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'>Go on a wildlife safari</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to your nearest wildlife reserve or park and go on a safari! Observe and learn about different species of animals in their natural habitat.</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'>Volunteer at a local animal shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend some time giving back to wildlife by volunteering at a local animal shelter. You can help take care of rescued animals and promote awareness for their conservation.</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'>Host a wildlife-themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends and family for a wildlife-themed party! Decorate with animal prints, serve snacks inspired by different animals, and play games that promote learning about wildlife.</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'>Create a backyard wildlife habitat</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Transform your backyard into a safe and welcoming habitat for local wildlife. Plant native flowers and plants, provide water sources, and build shelters for animals to thrive in.</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'>Attend a wildlife conservation event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check your local community events for any wildlife conservation events or workshops. Attend and learn how you can make a difference in preserving and protecting wildlife.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Wildlife Week

<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'>Celebrate and appreciate our diverse wildlife</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Wildlife Week is a time to recognize the beauty and importance of the countless species that call our planet home. It's a reminder to appreciate and protect the diversity of life on Earth, from majestic wild animals to tiny insects!</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'>Chance to educate and raise awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>During National Wildlife Week, there are many events and activities aimed at educating people about conservation, habitats, and other important topics related to wildlife. Increased awareness can lead to more support for organizations and efforts devoted to protecting these animals.</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'>Opportunity for outdoor adventures</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What better way to celebrate National Wildlife Week than by getting out into nature and observing some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitats! From bird-watching to hiking, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures during this week dedicated to wildlife.</p></div></div>

5 Amazing Facts for National Wildlife Week

<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'>Wildlife is Central to Our Ecosystem</h3><p class='facts-content'>Each species, no matter how small, plays a significant role in our ecosystem. By controlling pests, polinating plants, and providing food sources, wildlife maintains balance in nature.</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'>Approximately 52% of the World’s Wildlife has Disappeared </h3><p class='facts-content'>From 1970 through 2014, over half of the world's wildlife has vanished due to habitat loss, hunting, climate change, and other anthropogenic factors.</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'>Bats are Not Just for Halloween</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bats provide significant benefits to humans. They eat pests, pollinate over 500 plant species, distribute seeds, and their guano (excrement) is used as fertilizer.</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'>Over 16,000 Wildlife Species are Threatened with Extinction</h3><p class='facts-content'>The IUCN Red List reveals that over 30% of the species they have assessed globally are threatened with extinction due to human activities.</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'>Madagascar is a Top Wildlife Destination</h3><p class='facts-content'>Madagascar has a formidable array of biodiversity, with 90% of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. This includes lemurs, endemic bird species, and the world's smallest and largest chameleons.</p></div></div>

National Wildlife Week FAQs

When is National Wildlife Week?

National Wildlife Week is celebrated on April 5th every year. In 2024 National Wildlife Week will occur on a Friday.

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