National Badger Day is celebrated annually on October 6 and is dedicated to raising awareness about these important forest animals. Although badgers are not the friendliest of creatures, they are not dangerous unless provoked. People often overlook their importance to the ecosystem, and this holiday aims to educate the population to treat them with respect.
Historians believe that badgers have been living in the British Isles for at least 250 thousand years, but they have faced many troubles throughout their existence. Before 1835, they were hunted without mercy, until animal rights advocates stepped in to put an end to it. In the 1960s, badgers were gassed in order to control rabies and bovine tuberculosis. In 1992, the “Badger Protection Act” was enacted, making it illegal to harm badgers.
- Badgers can live up to 12 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity.
- They are actually quite playful and enjoy spending time with their relatives.
- They have poor eyesight, but their sense of smell is very strong.
- They choose a mate for life.
- They can run up to speeds of 30 km/h.
- They are great for the environment as their intricate burrows help to aerate the soil and increase plant numbers.
- Females reach maturity at two years of age, whereas males reach maturity at three.
How to take part
In order to take part in National Badger Day, you can learn more about badgers and spread the word to others. Donations to badger protection funds are also greatly appreciated. You can also visit areas where badgers live, while ensuring to keep your distance and not disturb them.
When is National Badger Day in 2023?
National Badger Day is observed on October 6 each year.