Celebrating World Wildlife Day at Maymont


In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 3 World Wildlife Day to celebrate the variety of the world’s wild animals and plants. Every year is a different theme – this year it’s “Big cats: predators under threat.”

You may be familiar with Maymont’s big cat ambassador Monty, a North American Bobcat. Known for their short ‘bobbed’ tails (from which they received their name), bobcats are the most common big cat in North America and are the only big cat species remaining in Virginia.

On Saturday, March 3, come on a journey with Maymont’s Animal Keepers and Environmental Educators to discover fascinating facts about the bobcat and many other native Virginia species – as well as how you can conserve big cats around the world with small actions in your own neighborhood – at our World Wildlife Day event. You can make a difference for the wildlife in your community!

The Keeper Chat schedule for the event is:

  • 10:30am – Bear Habitat
  • 11:00am – Fish Feeding (Nature Center)
  • 11:30am – Eagles and Vultures (Raptor Valley)
  • 1:00pm – Otter Exhibit (Nature Center)
  • 1:30pm – Bison Habitat
  • 2:00pm – Bobcat Habitat
  • 3:00pm – Alligators (Nature Center)

You also can support the wildlife at Maymont with a symbolic Adopt an Animal donation. Adopt today.

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