Nature Smart: 10 Endangered Animals in South Africa

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Albert Einstein, in all his scientific glory once said, ‘Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

We all know that the rhino is in a very vulnerable position – the western black rhino is already declared extinct and elephants are also constantly hunted for their ivory, but there are many less obvious animals that are currently endangered in South Africa such as:  Pickergill’s Reedfrog, cape vulture, cheetah, African wild dog (painted dog), blue crane, riverine rabbit, knysna seahorse, golden moles, yellow-breasted pipits and the oribi.

There are many conservation efforts going on these days, but there’s much more left to be done. One way to aid can be to become part or donate to different associations such as WWF, The Jane Goodall Institute, etc.

Vocabulary:

  • Embrace: To include or contain.
  • Vulnerable: Open to or defenseless against criticism or attack.
  • Effort: Something done by hard work.
  • Aid: To provide support (for) or relief (to); help.

Recommendations:

Think about more hands on ways in which you can help saving these or other species.        

Questionnaire:

  • Will you be willing to travel to distant places in order to help any endangered species?

Welcome to this activity created by Junior Advisor Ms. Sandra Campos Espínola from Narvarte Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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