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Endangered Animals


Location: Edinburgh Zoo & Highland Wildlife Park


Lesson Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Maximum Class Size: 25

Age Suitability: Primary P4 - P7

Content  

This interactive session enables pupils to explore the issues affecting wildlife and habitats through examination of our unique resources. 

Lesson Outline

The lesson begins with an introduction to endangerment and extinction. Children then work in teams to investigate evidence, such as newspaper articles, images, and even some animal biofacts. All of these items have a connection to the threats faced by animals in today’s world, and the pupils must identify what these threats are. (Threats covered include habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, over-hunting, live capture and natural disasters).

After considering the things that endanger animals, the pupils will be given a common every-day item and asked to consider how their own use of this item can impact upon the natural world.

The lesson finishes with a short tour of some of the Park’s more endangered animals penguins.

Learning Outcomes
  • To know and understand the threats animals face in the wild today.
  • To explore the ways in which individuals can contribute to conserving our world and its wildlife.
Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes
  • SCN 1-20a ‘I have contributed to discussions of current scientific news items to help develop my awareness of science.’
  • SOC 1-03a ‘I can consider ways of looking after my school or community and can encourage others to care for the environment.’
  • SOC 2-08a ‘I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way.’