Investigate Endangered Animals

In Investigate Endangered Animals (KS2) pupils will be introduced to endangered species and discover the threats facing the species in the wild.

Pupils will investigate real case studies of endangered species and learn about the conservation work that ZSL takes part in to protect different species, and suggest a way in which people can help to protect endangered animals by completing simple actions.

A cheetah at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Key Stage: KS2 (Years 3-6, 7-11 years old)

Duration: 30 - 40 minutes

Capacity: 35 students

National Curriculum Links:            

KS2 Science

Living Things and their Habitats

  • Recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.


Intended Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able:

  • Give a definition of the term “endangered”.
  • Identify at least one endangered animal.
  • Describe at least one threat to wild animals.
  • Suggest an action that they can complete to save an endangered species.


For this session

Before your visit:

  • Recap the terms “endangered” and “extinct”. Can you find an example of one endangered and one extinct animal? Why are they endangered or why did they become extinct?
  • How can conservation help endangered animals? Visit our website to discover more about one of our conservation projects.
  • Check out our pre-visit information pack: PDF icon Pre-visit sheet - On the Edge (KS2) (554.32 KB)

While at the Zoo:

  • Look at the IUCN Red List status of animals in the Zoo. Discuss what might have occurred to make some animals endangered and try to think of ways that people could help.



Conservation Status


Base Camp


African Penguin

Beyond Europe


Amur Tiger



Bactrian Camel


Critically Endangered


After the visit:

  • Design a poster based on the information that you have discovered during your session. Posters should encourage people to change their behaviour to save an animal (e.g. don’t leave plastic bags on the beach – turtles may mistake them for jellyfish and try to eat them).
  • Create a plan to make your school more sustainable and advise your school on how their actions can impact on wildlife.

CREST Award Scheme

CREST Awards

CREST Star is a scheme enabling primary school children aged from 5 – 11 to solve STEM problems through practical activity.

Participating in On the Edge, a CREST Star linked activity, can help your students achieve a British Science Association CREST award.