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Lesson Plan IV - Preserving Endangered Species


All eight subspecies of felines introduced are endangered or threatened in the wild. The primary reason for every decreasing number of these Felines is loss of habitat. Human population growth and subsequent destruction of what was once wild natural habitat, agricultural farming, and excessive hunting and poaching are other reasons for dwindling numbers of Felines in the wild.

While captive breeding programs are not an ideal way of preserving a species, in some cases, at least for the moment, it is a partial solution to the problem of conserving populations. Good captive programs like that practiced at TigerHomes involve an in-depth awareness of the animals’ wild habitats, food sources, and social structure.

Have students pick an endangered species that interests them. Have them research the behavior of these animals in the wild and then design a captive breeding and care program that would help preserve the species until it is safe for them to live in the wild. They should take into account such things as home range size, territorial habits, social structure, food sources and methods of attainment and anything else they consider a significant contributory factor to a successful captive breeding program for the survival of the species.

Lesson V - Lessons in Website Navigation/Animal e-Research

The internet is a wonderful research tool for investigators of all ages and levels of interest. It is also a tool which requires critical assessment. The following activity is designed to help students learn more about cats, sharpen their investigative skills, and apply critical judgment to resources available to them on the internet, which is commonly referred to as the World Wide Web or better known as the precursor - www. to the URL of interest.

Have each student do a search of ‘The Web’ for any websites pertaining to our "Power Cats" introduced in the DVD film. Each student should find and review 3 different sites (excluding TigerHomes.org), rating each by one of the following criteria:

(a)most informative (b) most imaginative (c) most amusing (d) most geographically interesting (where did the website originate) a tiger website based in India might fall into this category (e) weirdest (f) worst.

In their reviews each student should identify (internet address and title) and describe the website, write a synopsis of its content and style, explain why it fits into the chosen category and list something new that they learned at the site, or a fact or claim about which they have a question.

When individuals have completed their reviews, the class should go to and explore some of the more outstanding sites. If the class (or instructor) finds sites of particular interest that are not already linked on the TigerHomes.org web page, forward them by email and see what the naturalists at the TigerHomes Sanctuary think of them.

TigerHomes offers students the ability to observe and document not only the Felines featured in our "PowerCats" DVD, but to study rare and endangered species of prosimian primates called lemurs within our seven naturalistic habitat settings. Each habitat has multiple webcams set up for viewing, observing, and learning about the behavioral aspects of each animal. Through this state of the art technology, students can not only become proficient animals observers and learn first hand about the endangered species of our planet, but they will at the same time improve their proficiency in website navigational skills.

These skills are of tremendous value with the wealth of internet educational resources available. Students will learn to apply these website navigational skills not only to this venue but to all areas of their other studies giving them a distinct advantage in learning.

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