Elephants: The Need for Their Survival – lesson plans and resources
Elephants have been roaming the earth for millions of years. They are one of the most important land mammals on our planet in that they are a keystone species. They are also one of the most emotional, intelligent and social animals. They are under threat from environmental changes, poaching and human-animal conflict.
Elephants: The Need For Their Survival is a hands-on guide for teachers to use in their classrooms to educate children in a compassionate manner about the challenges faced by elephants and how they can help. Below you will find lesson plans for a younger and intermediate-level audience. Each lesson plan includes interactive activities to help to engage students in the global and pressing issue of elephant extinction. The plans are flexible, fun and educational. We’ve also included a variety of useful and fun resources.
Read Elephanatics mention in The Guardian’s detailed information on “What You Can Do To Help Elephants” see list here
Show this short, 8-minute video, to students for a basic background on ivory trade and poaching
In 1979, the elephant population in Africa was approximately 1.3 million. Today, there is fewer than a third of that number.
Elephants never forget (IFAW)
View this youth-appropriate introductory video on elephants as a preview to the primary and intermediate lesson plans below. (Link opens in a new window.)
Lessons and activities for a younger audience
Lessons and activities for an intermediate audience
Become an Ambassador at your school for Elephanatics
Books, Videos and Resources
Great as gifts or for use in the classroom
Visual representations of the ivory trade
Educational Articles | Scientific Research
A great resource for school projects and general knowledge
Learn on the go!
Elephants in Captivity
Recognize the brutality of animal circuses and learn to be a responsible tourist
Sponsoring and Fostering Organizations
A list of organizations that accept donations and sponsorship
Organizations that include educational material on their websites