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World Animal Day will be September 29 at the Museum of Nature & Science 2018

Join the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, September 29 for World Animal Day, a celebration of the animals across the planet.

Each visitor to the museum will receive a booklet containing fun facts and activities involving animals. On September 29, free activities at the museum will include:

  • The Japanese art of Gyotaku will be practiced in the museum’s classroom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.;
  • Tables where visitors can make animal-themed crafts will be available from 10 a.m. to noon outside of the museum’s Main Street entrance;
  • A snake feeding will be at 11 a.m. so people can get an up-close-and-personal look at how animals, like snakes, manage to eat with no arms.

World Animal Day was created in 1931 in Florence, Italy by a convention of ecologists seeking to highlight the plight of endangered species. They chose October 4 as World Animal Day because it is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Since then, World Animal Day has become a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals, as well as the people who love and respect them. It is celebrated in a variety of ways in every country, with no restriction in nationality, religion, faith, or political ideology.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit the City’s Museum System website or call 575/522-3120.

Anyone who needs an accommodation, because of a disability, to fully participate in World Animal Day should contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.