On October 4th the Emperor Valley Zoo once again celebrated World Animal Day! The commemoration of this day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi.
Hundreds of students were thrilled to partake in numerous exciting activities such as animal games and puzzles. Animal educational talks on conservation and endangered species were carried out by Zoological Officer, Sharleen Khan. Children visiting the Zoo on this day were given the opportunity to participate in animal encounters with collared peccaries (locally referred to as wild hogs), macaws, snakes, turtles and a spectacled caiman. Zoo visitors were able to view the African lions as they open their World Animal Day presents filled with yummy meat treats.
On this special day as part of the World Animal Day celebration, for the first time, a dinosaur bone fossil together with an educational dinosaur display were showcased! The fossil originated from a hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur which lived 75 to 65 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period. Visitors were able to touch the amazing fossil!
The World Animal Day 2013 exhibit at the Emperor Valley Zoo was part of the Zoo's Education Programme to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.