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:
- Chimpanzee fact sheet
- Elephant fact sheet
- Lion fact sheet
- Painted Dog fact sheet
- Pangolin fact sheet
- Rhino fact sheet
- Snow Leopard fact sheet
- Tiger fact sheet
Download our colouring sheets
- Chimpanzee colouring sheets
- Elephant colouring sheets
- Lion colouring sheets
- Painted Dog colouring sheets
- Pangolin colouring sheets
- Rhino colouring sheets
- Snow Leopard colouring sheets
- Tiger colouring sheets
Download our wordsearches
- Chimpanzee word search
- Chimpanzee word search for young readers
- Elephant word search
- Elephant word search for young readers
- Lion word search
- Lion word search for young readers
- Painted Dog word search
- Painted Dog word search for young readers
- Pangolin word search
- Pangolin word search for young readers
- Rhino word search
- Rhino word search for young readers
- Snow Leopard word search
- Snow Leopard word search for young readers
- Tiger word search
- Tiger word search for young readers
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising for DSWF
- Looking for a gift or perhaps a class mascot? Find out more about DSWF’s animal adoptions.
- Celebrate World Animal Day by fundraising for DSWF.
- Why not consider making DSWF your Charity of the Year?
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.