Animal of the year

29.05.2019.
Animal of the year 2020 the Eurasian beaver
Animal of the year 2020 the Eurasian beaver
Photo - V. Skuja
Animal of the year 2019 the elk
Animal of the year 2019 the elk
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2018 the red squirrel
Animal of the year 2018 the red squirrel
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2017 the European eel
Animal of the year 2017 the European eel
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2016 the European badger
Animal of the year 2016 the European badger
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2015 the wild boar
Animal of the year 2015 the wild boar
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2014 the grey wolf
Animal of the year 2014 the grey wolf
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2013 the European pond turtle
Animal of the year 2013 the European pond turtle
Photo - LMNH
Animal of the year 2012 the smooth snake
Animal of the year 2012 the smooth snake
Photo - LMNH

Annually a certain wild animal species of Latvia is selected by the Museum to be the animal of the year. The species is chosen according to the importance in terms of conservation and ecology topics as well as fascinating lifestyle facts. Various public events are organized every year for different audiences - interdisciplinary competitions for pupils, photo contests for amateur and professional nature photographers, story nights and family events for children, educational exhibitions for general public, and many more. 

The animal of the year is announced every year in January, and is one of the most anticipated activities. 

2020the Eurasian beaver 
2019

the elk Alces alces

2018

the red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris

2017

the European eel Anguilla anguilla

2016

the European badger Meles meles

2015

the wild boar Sus scorfa

2014

the grey wolf Canis lupus

2013

the European pond terrapin Emys orbicularis

2012

the smooth snake Coronella austriaca

2011

the western barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus

2010

the Eurasian otter Lutra lutra

2009

the brown bear Ursus arctos

2008

the grey seal Halichoerus grypus

2007

the natterjack toad Epidalea calamita

2006

the Russian flying squirrel Pteromys volans

2005

the fat dormouse Glis glis

2004

the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena

2003

the Eurasian lynx Lynx lynx

2002

Ena montana

2001

the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera

2000

the European stag beetle Lucanus cervus