Lion and Cub
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
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
place for the treatment of outpatients, or patients who are not housed in the facility.
group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.
varied or having many different types.
organism threatened with extinction.
conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.
material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.
forbidden by law.
characteristic to or of a specific place.
trash or other scattered objects left in an open area or natural habitat.
having to do with the study of medicine or healing.
to remove the testes of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.
to hunt, trap, or fish illegally.
to take action to prevent injury or attack.
manner or way of doing things.
structure that protects people or other organisms from weather and other dangers.
to remove the ovaries of an animal, making it unable to reproduce.
body of flowing water.
recommendation or compliment given in gratitude.
health or well-being.