World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.
October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It is intended as a day of celebration for anyone in the world who cares about animals. It is not restricted to any one nationality, creed, religion, political belief or ideology.
Here at the Zoo the occasion was commemorated with an educational poster display and animal enrichment activities. The animal enrichment activities were geared towards demonstrating and educating the public as to the importance of enriching the lives of all animals, those in the wild, at the Zoo, as well as domesticated pets.
Riana Mohammed looks on at children visiting the World Animal Day 2009 display at the Zoo
Visitors look on at the enrichment activities that were being promoted for use at home for birds
Reisha explains the importance of enrichment for domesticated pets such as the hamster
Making simple bird feeders to hang outside for small wild birds
Reading the display board on the origin of World Animal Day
Looking on at a hamster in its playpark.