Celebrate on September 12th!
Alligators are an important part of the environment and on September 12th of each year there is a day to show appreciation for these special animals. Alligator Awareness Day was started by me, Taylor Metz. I am a Florida native and I became fascinated with alligators after first seeing one in the waterway behind my house.
To keep this day more aligned with the school year, Alligator Awareness Day was moved from August to September in 2018.
This site is a place to go to learn more about alligators and about things to do for Alligator Awareness Day. Alligators were once an endangered species, and one of the main goals of having an appreciation day for them is to maintain awareness and keep them from ever being endangered again.
Many people are fascinated and frightened by alligators. They are ancient predators, and have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Despite their scary looks, gators are not normally aggressive toward humans unless they are directly threatened. Look, but keep your distance!
Don't have alligators sometimes swim past your house? Instead, have a look at the view from my backyard (taken with a zoom lens from far away).
I am looking for ideas and suggestions on how to best celebrate Alligator Awareness Day. Some ideas are: