Endangered means to be under threat or near extinction.  When a species/animal is endangered it means that they are disappearing fast or have a very small population - not large enough to survive.

You Can Help Too!

The first step towards saving animals is to learn as much as possible about them. If we know where and how they live, and what they need to survive, then it will be easier to help them. It is also a good idea to learn from our mistakes of the past, such as destroying too much rainforest and over-hunting animals. To ensure the survival of the world's animals we must learn how to keep 'sustainable populations' alive i.e. populations with enough numbers for the animals to survive on their own. The dodo and all the other which man has made extinct became so because their populations fell below a sustainable level. It is worth keeping in mind that those animals may well become the endangered animals of tomorrow.

Here are Some Ideas for Research Projects

1. British Endangered Animals.

Sometimes we forget that we have quite a number of endangered animals in our own country that need protection. We may even be able to help a few of them by providing a suitable habitat in our own back gardens!

Choose one species of British endangered animal and find out as much as possible about its life and the reason for its rarity. What conservation measures are being carried out to prevent its extinction?

2. Extinct Animals.

Since 1600 about 500 species of animals have become extinct. As well as the dodo, we used to have the quagga, tarpan, great auk, passenger pigeon, and many others.

Choose any three extinct animals. What did they look like? Where did they live? Why did they become extinct?

3. Helping to Save Endangered Animals.

As we have seen, there are several ways in which people are trying to save threatened animals from extinction.

Imagine you are setting up a new conservation organisation to help a particular endangered animal. Which animal are you targeting? Where does your animal live? Why is it endangered? Explain in detail how you intend to save it from extinction.

4. Humans in Danger

Remember that humans can become endangered too! Many native tribes have become extinct because of the interference form so-called "civilized Man". Choose a native tribe, perhaps a rainforest one that you've heard about, which is under threat today. Describe the people's lives and the pressures on them.

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