The Six-Year-Old celebrates Take Your Tiger to Work day

It’s Endangered Species Day, and you know what that means: It’s Take Your Tiger to Work day.

The Six-Year-Old, on finding Tigery already stationed at her desk: “What are we going to do today, Tigery?”

Tigery, in a voice that sounds suspiciously like Daddyo’s: “The same thing we do every day, The Six-Year-Old: Try to take over the world!”

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

What’s Endangered Species Day?

Endangered Species Day, observed on the third Friday in May, is an opportunity for all Americans to learn more about country’s endangered species and about simple everyday actions we can take to protect them. Thousands of Americans celebrate the day by visiting their local zoos, wildlife refuges, parks, aquariums, botanical gardens, or by attending one of the many festivals set up to mark the day (and educate the public). Learn more about Endangered Species Day at

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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2 Responses to The Six-Year-Old celebrates Take Your Tiger to Work day

  1. Chadwick G. Pope says:

    — Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Join the Kansas City Zoo to learn about the many endangered animal species that live there. Docents will share stories about exotic friends and provide tips to help save them. — Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Enjoy the Endangered Species Day Festival at the beautiful U.S. Botanic Garden on the mall in Washington D.C. There will be children’s activities, tours of native and threatened and endangered plants, and an art exhibit of this year’s winners of the national Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest . — Friday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, will host a scavenger hunt using clues about each of their endangered species, leading guests through each of their galleries to look at those animals in particular. — Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Register for an exclusive tour of the normally closed Warm Springs Unit at Don Edwards San Fransisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, California. This unit specifically protects threatened and endangered species like Contra Costa goldfields, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, and California tiger salamanders. — Access endangered species fact sheets and “listed” animals and plants . — Check out the weekly “Spotlight on Endangered Species” from NOAA Fisheries. — Find Endangered Species Act success stories in your state with this interactive map . — Get your kids to learn about “Weird and Wonderful Wildlife” with interactive games. — Learn about 10 easy things you can do at home to protect endangered species. — Show your support for threatened and endangered species by replacing your profile picture or avatar on Facebook, Twitter or Google with a picture of your favorite species.


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