Los Angeles is one of just two major cities in the world that are home to big cats, and Mountain Lion P-22 has become an LA celebrity, and the poster cat for urban wildlife conservation.
This world-famous cougar was born in the Santa Monica Mountains and safely navigated the potentially lethal labyrinth of freeways, roads, and some of the most densely developed parts of LA, to Griffith Park, where he found not only a home, but a place in the hearts of Angelenos.
Today, this celebrated cat has his own museum exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and his own special day. October 22 is officially P-22 Day in the City of Los Angeles, and every year, on the Saturday closest to October 22, a festival is held in honor of this singular cat. The goal of the first P-22 Day Festival was to raise awareness about the importance of urban wildlife and the need to provide wildlife crossings and preserve habitat for these big cats, but the event quickly become a tradition for LA families.
This year’s P-22 festival, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, takes place on Saturday, October 19, in Griffith Park. The event is free and open to the public. Participants can try out a virtual reality experience of a wildlife crossing, meet Ranger Rick, learn from experts on how to coexist with wildlife, view an urban wildlife garden installation, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food, and discover many more exhibits and activities.
The P-22 Day Festival is part of P-22 Day & Urban Wildlife Week, October 13-19, a series of events across the Santa Monica Mountains and the Los Angeles area. More information at: http://urbanwildlifeweek.org/