We call them 'endangered' species.  You can find out more about many of them here.  

Photo: Tambako the Jaguar

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African Savanna: Plants and animals

Children will enjoy learning about plants and animals in this unfamiliar habitat. As always, this lesson plan is accompanied by a Powerpoint presen...

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Britain's Rare Flowers

Explore the UK's rare flowers, each section gives ideas about what you can do to help.  

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Cat (Wild)

The wild cat was once common over most of the British Isles, but it is now only found in Scotland and are under threat with an estimated 400 in the...

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Endangered Animals of the World

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 ver...

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Extinction

A species becomes extinct when its death rate is continually greater than its birthrate.

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Gorilla

Largest of the four great apes, the gorilla is a shy, gentle, peaceful animal.

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Horse (Przewalski's)

Przewalski's horse (pronounced 'ji-vaal-ski') is the only truly wild horse left in the world. It is believed that it has changed very little since ...

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Leopard (Snow)

The snow leopard is related to the common leopard of Africa and Asia, but because its way of life and general appearance are so different it is reg...

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Orangutan

'Orang' and 'utan' are the Malay words meaning 'person' and 'forest'; the orangutan is literally a 'person of the forest'.

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Panda (Giant)

This endangered species is one of the most well-known and well-loved in the world.

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Polar Bear

The polar bear is the world's largest land carnivore and one of the largest of the bear family.

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Puffin

The puffin's distinctive bill has given it the nicknames of 'sea parrot' and 'bottle nose'. Although it looks a bit like a penguin or a parrot, it ...

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Rainforests

This set of lesson plans looks at rainforests, with particular focus on the Amazon.  Lesson plans are brought to life by the stunning images in the...

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Rhinoceros

The name 'rhinoceros' comes from ancient Greek and means 'horned nose'. There are only 5 species of rhino left making them one of the most endanger...

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Tamarin (Golden Lion)

Tamarins and marmosets are the smallest monkeys (primates) in the world. The golden lion tamarin is the largest and related to the golden headed an...

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Tiger (Bengal)

The tiger is the largest member of the cat family. The Bengal tiger is one of the five surviving races of tiger.

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Tiger (Siberian)

The Siberian tiger is a very rare species of tiger. From an estimated low in 2010 of 360, in May 2015 the Russian Government announced that the Si...

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Trade and Endangered Species

Humans have always used wild animals and plants for their products, such as fruits and seeds for food, skins for clothing, wood for fires etc.

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Whale (Blue)

The blue whale is not only the largest living animal but probably the largest creature the world has ever known. One of greatest recorded lengths f...

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Zoos

The subject of the rights or wrongs of zoos can be very emotive with many unbalanced views being put forward by people who have little real knowled...