International Raccoon Appreciation Day - October 1
Sat, Oct 1, 2022

International Raccoon Appreciation Day

International Raccoon appreciation day is a wonderful holiday that draws people’s attention to fur-bearing animals. Unfortunately, animals are often underestimated. October 1st is the best day of the year to demystify and explain why raccoons deserve respect!


Even though raccoons are considered the worst pests, they play an important role in the ecosystem. Animals maintain purity in nature by eating carrion; spread seeds; are predators and control the number of other animals. Maintaining a comfortable environment for them is the least that people can do.

The holiday was founded in 2002 by a girl from California. She noticed that the population is not too fond of the presence of raccoons, exterminating them and trying to keep them in cages. The creator informed people that their assessment was not correct, led research and informed the population. The idea was quickly picked up by other activists – since then, International Day has been celebrated everywhere.

Interesting facts

Did you know that raccoons:

  • are distant relatives of bears;
  • they have an excellent “fur coat” – their wool is 90% composed of a thick undercoat that allows them to endure low temperatures;
  • have amazing knuckles on their hind legs that can bend 180 degrees;
  • hibernate in winter, however, their sleep is shallow;
  • quite friendly, active, inquisitive, but prefer loneliness more (especially during hibernation – usually individuals spend the winter in a den with relatives);
  • have a remarkable black “mask” around their eyes, which allows them to see better in the dark, because. it absorbs light and eliminates glare.

How to celebrate

On the International raccoon appreciation day, zoos hold special raccoon exhibits, organize donations, and hold informational workshops. Find out about events in your city and be sure to visit them! Tell your friends about the importance of this day, involve them in the celebration. Watch movies about animals and show them to your kids!

When is International Raccoon Appreciation Day in 2022?

International Raccoon Appreciation Day is observed on October 1 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 1 2022
Sunday October 1 2023
Tuesday October 1 2024
Wednesday October 1 2025
Thursday October 1 2026

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