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
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
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
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.