World Animal Day calls for increased attention to wildlife habitats (including Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, above), endangered species, and animal welfare.

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic
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    On October 4, 1931, the world first celebrated World Animal Day. Today, World Animal Day is “a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them.”
    The main areas of focus for World Animal Day are drawing attention to endangered species, protecting natural habitats, and supporting animal welfare
    World Animal Day events are wildly diverse. In Australia, marchers have called for an end to poaching elephants and rhinoceroses. In India, a community has released indigenous birds, such as herons and egrets, into a clean and healthy environment. In Panama, an animal shelter offers a spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    clinic Noun

    place for the treatment of outpatients, or patients who are not housed in the facility.

    community Noun

    group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

    diverse Adjective

    varied or having many different types.

    endangered species Noun

    organism threatened with extinction.

    Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species
    environment Noun

    conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

    food Noun

    material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    habitat Noun

    environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

    Encyclopedic Entry: habitat
    hunt Verb

    to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.

    illegal Adjective

    forbidden by law.

    indigenous Adjective

    characteristic to or of a specific place.

    Encyclopedic Entry: indigenous
    litter Noun

    trash or other scattered objects left in an open area or natural habitat.

    medical Adjective

    having to do with the study of medicine or healing.

    neuter Verb

    to remove the testes of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.

    poach Verb

    to hunt, trap, or fish illegally.

    protect Verb

    to take action to prevent injury or attack.

    respect Noun

    manner or way of doing things.

    shelter Noun

    structure that protects people or other organisms from weather and other dangers.

    spay Verb

    to remove the ovaries of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.

    stream Noun

    body of flowing water.

    Encyclopedic Entry: stream
    tribute Noun

    recommendation or compliment given in gratitude.

    welfare Noun

    health or well-being.