Have you ever heard of an Amur Tiger, an Umbrella bird or even a Zebra Duiker?
Perhaps that is all you will ever do – hear of them – as without immediate action, many of the animals in this picture book will disappear out of the wild and possibly out of conservation programs.
A-Z of endangered animals by Jennifer Cossins is a intricately detailed non-fiction book for children (but adults will love it too!)
The endangered species are explored alphabetically with each page telling us where the animal is from, some interesting and fun facts but also the number of these animals left – disturbingly, some only have 50 left in the whole world.
As I read this book to my children, (they are 5 and 3 so I didn’t read it word for word but pulled out interesting facts) I could tell they were distressed about the demise of these animals. So rather than dwell on the low numbers we did this:
What can we do?
- We can donate money to conservation groups.
- We can teach others about these animals
- We can take care of our immediate environment to make sure the animals near us are safe.
- We can write letters to those in power to ensure there are tougher laws on cats outside at night.
- We can write letters to those in power imploring them to ensure that there are more trees, natural spaces, less chemicals and less plastic waste.
- We can draw these animals and learn more ourselves.
Teach your children how they can educate others and they will learn so much more themselves.