Colleen Paige, the Pet Lifestyle Expert, started National Wildlife Day in 2005 in memory of wildlife conservationist and crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin.
National Wildlife Day was a reminder to celebrate and admire the beauty around us. We’re so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that we can forget who (and what) we share our small planet with.
You can do your bit to support wildlife in your area, like:
1. Volunteer. If you don’t have money to give, donate your time. Most zoos and wildlife charities have volunteer programs.
2. Donate. Pay the recommended entry fee to zoos and conservation sites or donate to your nearest animal welfare charity.
3. Buy responsibly. By not purchasing products made from endangered animals.
4. Recycle. Find new ways to use things you already own.
5. Speak Up. Share your passion for wildlife with your family and get your friends involved.
6. Visit. Go along to your local zoo or spend the day at a wildlife sanctuary. Here are a few of our faves.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey – Gloucester
The UK’s best bird of prey centre with 250 incredible birds of prey and 12 acres of glorious gardens, fields and woods to explore. Picnic spots are available so you can eat lunch while admiring the stunning flying displays.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey is a charity and works towards the conservation of birds of prey through education, captive breeding, research and rehabilitation.
Paradise Wildlife Park – Hertfordshire
Paradise Wildlife Park is the most interactive zoo in Britain. Meet 400 amazing animals face to face, including the biggest collection of big cats on display in Britain. You can touch and even feed most animals, remember to pick up specially prepared animal feed bags from reception.
Ventura Wildlife Park – Ware
Explore 45 different species of animal from around the world including zebras, kangaroos, fossas, lemurs, reindeers and reptiles. The park admission includes unlimited access on the day of your visit, so you can enjoy a range of daily interactive animal feeds, talks, animal encounter shows and character ‘meet and greets’.
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom – Telford
Hoo Farm is a family-run countryside attraction in rural Shropshire. The farm is over 200 years old has been a dairy farm, a Christmas tree nursery, an award-winning farm attraction, but most of all, it’s the perfect treat for the kiddies on National Wildlife day.
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