World Numbat Day
The numbat is a marsupial that used to be found all across Australia, but can now only be found in small colonies in Western Australia. It’s considered an endangered species and is currently protected by several conservation programs. It’s also an animal that’s celebrated by World Numbat Day.
This holiday is observed on the first Saturday in November every year and is celebrated by people who love this animal all over the planet. Unfortunately, not as many people are aware of this holiday, or the animal it celebrates.
That’s why we think everyone should observe this day and spread the word about it and about the numbat. That’s the only way we’re all going to make a difference in protecting these termite-eating little critters.
The History Of World Numbat Day
World Numbat Day was created by Project Numbat on November 7th, 2015. They created this day to raise the public’s awareness about numbats and their need to be protected. Since this day’s initial observance, this holiday has been observed on the first Saturday of November.
Important Facts About Numbats
Let’s go over a few of the facts that we learned about numbats that people might find interesting. We know that we found the following facts to be very interesting, so let’s go over them before moving on to how World Numbat Day is observed.
- Numbats can eat up to 20,000 termites per day!
- Numbats sleep during the night and are awake during the day.
- Numbats have a great sense of smell. They can smell termites underground.
- There are only about 1,000 numbats left in the wild.
- Numbats are also known as noombats.
- Noombats are considered to be the most endangered animal in the world.
- They are endangered thanks to feral predators and the clearing of their habitat.
- The average lifespan of a numbat is approximately 6 years.
- Numbats weigh anywhere from 280 to 550 grams and are approximately 17.5 to 27.5 centimeters long.
- They have a top speed of 32 kilometers an hour.
Observing World Numbat Day
We think that one of the best ways to observe this holiday is by taking the time to support some of the conservation groups that are working hard to protect the numbat. One of the organizations that are trying to protect the numbat is Project Numbat, and people are more than welcome to support this organization on this day. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #WorldNumbatDay on social media.