World Animal Day - October 4
Wed, Oct 4, 2023

World Animal Day

World Animal Day is an annual event celebrated on October 4th, dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of animals and their conservation. It was originally established in Germany in 1931 by Heinrich Zimmermann, the publisher of Man and Dog magazine. This day also marks the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.


World Animal Day was first celebrated in Berlin, Germany in 1931, organized by Heinrich Zimmermann, publisher of the popular magazine Man and Dog. The date was chosen to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. St. Francis was a wise, kind and merciful man who revived the Catholic Church and was later canonized as a saint.

World Animal Day raises awareness of the destructive activities of humans that can lead to the extinction of many animal species. Activists often hold events to discuss the potential catastrophic effects of a decrease in animal numbers and diversity. Organizations such as Naturewatch Foundation, founded in 1991, are dedicated to reducing animal cruelty and experimenting on animals.

Fun facts

  • Sloths are known for their slow movements, and true to character, female sloths do not even bother looking for a mate; they just hang from a tree and call until a male visits them.
  • Hippos secrete an interesting red-tinted sweat.
  • Tigers have tongues that are covered in sharp spikes, which can be used to lick the skin off their prey.
  • Penguins have a special gland underneath their eye that converts salt water into fresh water.

How to take part

People can support the World Animal Day movement by researching organizations, taking part in events, becoming a volunteer, or making donations. Furthermore, they can spread the word to their friends and family, in order to engage more people in the cause.

When is World Animal Day in 2023?

World Animal Day is observed on October 4 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday October 4 2023
Friday October 4 2024
Saturday October 4 2025
Sunday October 4 2026

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