National Squirrel Appreciation Day - January 21
Sun, Jan 21, 2024

National Squirrel Appreciation Day

Small animals with huge fluffy tails and tassels on their ears are tender. Squirrels live in parks, forests, plantings, and even among residential areas. National Squirrel Appreciation Day appeared quite recently, but has already taken root in many countries. It is specially created for people to learn more about the life of these cute animals, varieties and benefits.


The initiator of the appearance of the holiday was a wildlife rehabilitation specialist from North Carolina – Christy Hargrove. For the first time, National Squirrel Appreciation Day was celebrated in 2001. The biologist argued her idea that people should protect and help animals. Few people know that until the middle of the XIX century. In the US, squirrels didn’t exist at all. Fluffy animals were specially brought into the country and released in park areas.

Proteins are of great benefit to the environment. They carry tree seeds and plant, without even realizing, small animals contribute to the renewal of forests and the greening of the planet.

Christy Hargrove urges the public to feed squirrels during the cold season. A small nut or dried mushroom can save the life of an entire squirrel family.

January 21 is a holiday for all subspecies of squirrels, which include ground squirrels, chipmunks, prairie dogs, flying squirrels, marmots.

Useful facts

  • The first squirrels appeared on the square. Franklin (Philadelphia) in 1847. This fact was documented, the records are still kept.
  • There are about 250 varieties of squirrels in the world.
  • Fossils found by researchers indicate that squirrels appeared on Earth more than 30 million years ago.

How to celebrate

On this day, it is advisable to go to the nearest park and leave a treat for funny animals.

Having gathered with friends, you can arrange a quiz, the questions of which will relate to the features of life, habits and interesting facts about the perpetrators of the holiday. Such entertainment will not only cheer you up, but also improve your knowledge.

It’s a good idea to prepare small gifts for friends to remind them of National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Squirrel figurines, cups, posters, postcards with their image can serve as a presentation.

When is National Squirrel Appreciation Day celebrated in 2024?

National Squirrel Appreciation Day is observed on January 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday January 21 2024
Tuesday January 21 2025
Wednesday January 21 2026
Thursday January 21 2027

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