On what day is National Endangered Species Day celebrated? Third Friday in May

What is National Endangered Species Day? Endangered Species Day is a day to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species. Without our help, these species will not be able to regenerate their numbers and face extinction.

Click here to view a full list of endangered animals. Examples include:

  • Bald eagle
  • Red wolf
  • Florida panther
  • Japanese giant salamander
  • Green sea turtle
  • Asian elephant

Click here to view a full list of endangered plants. Examples include:

  • Fountain thistle
  • Beautiful pawpaw
  • Arizona hedgehog cactus
  • Rock gnome lichen
  • Green pitcher-plant

Who founded this day? National Endangered Species Day was founded in 2006 by the United States Senate.

What is the hashtag? Use the hashtag #EndangeredSpeciesDay when sharing on social media.

How to celebrate: There are several ways to celebrate this day:

  • Take action in protecting animals by writing a letter to your Congress representative. Urge them to vote for the protection of animals and the environment.
  • Become a member of the National Wildlife Federation
  • Update your Facebook cover photo to showcase an endangered animal
  • Search for special events in your area, especially if you live near a National Park or other protected wildlife area

There are many other national days on our website. Try browsing one of our categories, or even create your own!