Students will read short passages focusing on different endangered animals and answer questions about them.

The biggest reason most species become endangered is the loss of their natural habitat due to development. As forests are cut down, rivers dammed or diverted, and open land paved over, these animals no longer have safe places in which to live, breed, or find food. Your students will read short passages to learn about specific animals, and answer either multiple choice or short answer questions about the passage. Each answer sheet comes with its own answer key.

Thanks to awareness campaigns and conservation efforts, many animals have been saved from extinction, including alligators, white rhinos, and grizzly bears.

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Greater Horseshoe Bat

Studies have shown that are only 4,000-6,000 Greater Horseshoe Bats left in existence. The species has been declared as endangered in Europe.

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Greater Horseshoe Bat - Multiple Choice Questions

A great deal of research has been done to educate the public about the roosts, flight patterns, diets, and habitats of these bats.

Short Answer Questions

Efforts to support the population of the Greater Horseshoe Bats include limiting insecticide use, maintaining land in a way that is beneficial to bats (keeping pastures, woodlands, and hedgerows), and continuing to inform the public as to the needs of the bats in agricultural settings.

Siberian Tiger - Reading Passage

Only 300 – 400 Siberian Tigers remain in the wilds of eastern Russia. The largest of all cats, these tigers are well known for their strength.

Siberian Tiger - Multiple Choice Questions

Siberian Tigers are carnivorous, mostly hunting for deer, wild pig, and fish. They need to eat more than 20 pounds of meat per day to live in their cold climate.

Short Answer Questions

If this species dies out, the world will lose this beautiful family of the largest tigers in the world. Deforestation, poaching, and hunting must be curtailed to save the Siberian Tigers.

Loggerhead Turtle - Reading Passage

They live exclusively in the water, but females lay eggs on beaches. It is estimated that there are approximately 60,000 living today.

Multiple Choice Questions

The main threat to the Loggerhead Turtle is becoming trapped in the nets of tuna of shrimp fishing boats.

Short Answer Questions

To protect the Loggerhead Turtle, nesting grounds are being guarded from predators and litter is being removed from beaches so it is not accidentally ingested by the turtles.

White Tailed Fish Eagle - Reading Passage

The population of these eagles in the wild is only 18,000- 22,000. Their name comes from their preference for fish and water birds that dwell near the surface in shallow water.

Multiple Choice Questions

The main threats to the White Tailed Fish Eagle are power line electrocution, wind farms, and loss of habitat and nesting sites due to deforestation and development.

Short Answer Questions

The Sea Eagle Project Team in Scotland has been successful in breeding the eagles and releasing them into the wild to preserve the inspiring and beautiful birds.

Mandarin Duck - Reading Passage

The current population is thought to be less than 20,000 in Asia. Their diet is mainly seeds, acorns, fish, grain, water plants, and insects. They will also eat grapes, roses, and rhododendrons.

Multiple Choice Questions

Logging destroys their preferred habitats. Hunters may not recognize the Mandarin Duck in flight and mistake it for a duck that may be hunted legally.

Short Answer Questions

Mandarin Ducks are considered by many to be the most beautiful of the duck family. The male has a glossy dark green forehead that blends into a purple at the crest behind the head.

Lion-Tailed Macaque

This species is one of the most threatened primates. There are only about 3,000 in the wild today.

Multiple Choice Questions

Their diet consists of fruits, leaves, and insects that are native to the habitat. They may eat small birds and mammals as well. The Lion-Tailed Macaque gets its name from the look of their tail, but the fluffy gray manes around their heads may also remind people of lions.

Short Answer Questions

This species is important for their role in the ecosystem. They are able to carry fruit in large cheek pouches.

Mountain Gorilla - Reading Passage

The Mountain Gorilla lives mainly in the dense forests of Central Africa in four national parks, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park. The population has dwindled to only about 720.

Multiple Choice Questions

Criminals who destroy old trees to make charcoal continually threaten the habitat. What remains of the habitat provides them with the staples of a vegetarian diet.

Short Answer Questions

It would be horrible to lose this population of the Earth’s largest primates. It is interesting to note that humans and gorillas have nearly identical DNA!

Numbat Reading Passage

The Numbat is not a bat. It is a small marsupial found in the western part of Australia.

Multiple Choice Questions

The Numbat has a long, sticky tongue like an anteater and survives on a diet of termites. They eat an average of 20,000 termites every day!

Short Answer Questions

Species of animals that are not native to Australia have been introduced and present a threat to the Numbat.

Black Footed Ferret Reading Passage

This ferret’s body resembles that of a weasel, but the black mask-like coloring around its eyes brings a raccoon to mind.

Multiple Choice Questions

These secretive, nocturnal mammals subsist on a diet primarily of prairie dogs. In the 1920s-1960s farmers held prairie dogs responsible for damage to agriculture and a risk to cattle.

Short Answer Questions

Efforts to reestablish the Black Footed Ferret in the wild include breeding in captivity. Before these captive-bred ferrets can be released, they must be taught survival skills by living in an outdoor pen.

Black Rhinoceros Passage

There are currently approximately only 2,500 Black Rhinos in the world.

Multiple Choice Questions

This herbivore prefers to eat woody plants, herbs, and leafy vegetation. The Black Rhino prefers to live in the edges of wooded areas, where they can find adequate shrubs and avoid the heat of the day.

Short Answer Questions

Sanctuaries have been created to protect the Black Rhinoceros. Lack of funding threatens the ability to maintain these safe havens.