Teaching children about wildlife

Welcome to the education section of the website which is especially for teachers, educators, parents and guardians, to help you to teach the children in your care about some of the incredible endangered wildlife that we share our planet with.

The current global crisis has only highlighted how fragile the balance of our world is. It has never been more important to educate and enlighten the next generation of leaders about the consequences of biodiversity loss and environmental degradation for the sake of our planet’s life-sustaining ecosystems. As shapers and influencers of young people’s minds, please do take a look at some of the ways you can get children interested and engaged in wildlife.

Species fact sheets

Our fact sheets have been designed with both younger and older readers in mind, so children can learn more about the eight endangered species that David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) works to protect, from basic information such as size, habitat and range to behaviour, adaptations and the threats that these iconic species face.

Whether they are writing an endangered species project or a poem, creating a poster or simply just wanting to know more about an animal, there is plenty of information here to help, as well as colouring sheets and word searches.

Download our fact sheets:

Download our colouring sheets

Download our wordsearches

Downloadable wildlife assembly

If you would like to use our free downloadable PowerPoint to help children to learn about endangered species and the work of DSWF, please do complete the form below.

Teachers can use it on an interactive whiteboard in the classroom, and if you are teaching your children at home you can simply click through the slides on your computer. There are teacher notes attached to every slide.

In what capacity do you work with children?
Sign up to receive the latest DSWF conservation updates, art and fundraising news through our monthly newsletter and bi-annual Wildlife Matters magazine.

We’ll keep your personal details safe and you can unsubscribe at any time.

For full details see our Privacy Policy.

Virtual school talks

We offer free of charge, key stage appropriate virtual talks to schools. Find out more about the virtual school talks on offer. If you are interested in booking a talk please email our Education Manager, Jo Elphick at jo.elphick@davidshepherd.org.

Fundraising for DSWF

Children’s wildlife art

If you are looking to engage children further, find out more about our annual children’s art competition, Global Canvas. Taking part is a great way to get children enthused about wildlife and conservation through art!

Lastly, if you know of any talented young wildlife artists, between the ages of 17 and 22, why not encourage them to enter the Human Impact Category in DSWF’s international Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.