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A California condor rests in an aviary in Big Sur, California. The California condor is a scavenger, meaning it feeds primarily on carrion (dead animals). Its head is bald to prevent disease and infection from developing in feathers as the bird digs its head into animal carcasses.

Photograph by Stuart Thornton

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The Power of Images in Storytelling
Activity
EDUCATION

The Power of Images in Storytelling

Students will explore the integral role of images in storytelling. They do a gallery walk of Photo Ark images and reflect on the emotions they experience. Students write personal essays in response to photographs of animals.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: conservation, endangered species, extinct, photography, species, storytelling, writing
Article
EDUCATION

Photo Ark: Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

It’s armored and can roll into a ball, but can it stand up to habitat destruction?

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, near threatened species, photo ark, south america, southern three-banded armadillo
Article
EDUCATION

Photo Ark: Amphibians at Risk

A deadly fungus is spreading through amphibian communities around the world.

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: amphibians, diseases, endangered species, fungi, photo ark
Article
EDUCATION

Photo Ark: Texas Indigo Snake

Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: predators, snakes, texas, texas indigo snakes, threatened species
Article
EDUCATION

Photo Ark: Island Oddballs

Animals adapted to island life struggle to survive

  • Best for: Grades 4-9 (ages 9-15)
  • Concepts: adaptation, birds, endangered species, invasive species, islands, kakapos, solenodons
We Got Leopard!
Video
EDUCATION

We Got Leopard!

After sorting through hours of footage with nothing to show, the chances of proving Caucasian Leopards still roam the hills on the Azerbaijan-Iran border comes down to filmmaker Adrian Steirn's last camera.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: animal tracking, azerbaijan, camera traps, endangered species, leopards
Master Trackers
Video
EDUCATION

Master Trackers

Wildlife filmmaker Adrian Steirn and his team of leopard specialists persevere despite technical difficulties and begin placing camera traps in the hillsides of Hirkan National Park, at the southern tip of Azerbaijan. With a dwindling population and fewer wild sightings in recent years, cameras...

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: animal tracking, azerbaijan, camera traps, endangered species, leopards
Saving the Sumatran Rhino
Video
EDUCATION

Saving the Sumatran Rhino

Veterinarian Dr. Zainal Zainuddin and wildlife biologist Dr. John Payne team up in the struggle to save the Sumatran rhino from extinction. To do this, they must fight the odds against an ever-decreasing population as they watch the rainforests of Borneo disappear. Fewer than 100 Suma...

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: borneo, endangered species, rhinoceroses
Syrian Ibis
Article
EDUCATION

Syrian Ibis

Wild Chronicles heads to Syria, where the northern bald ibis, feared extinct, has returned.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: asia, birds, conservation, deserts, endangered species, ibises, syria, wild chronicles
Saving Species in the Wild | Photo Ark
Page
EDUCATION

Saving Species in the Wild | Photo Ark

National Geographic Society is actively funding conservationists in the field to help some species in most critical need.

  • Concepts: conservation heroes, conservationists, endangered species, grantees, national geographic society
Lions of Gir
Article
EDUCATION

Lions of Gir

The survival of the only wild population of rare Asiatic lions hangs in the balance.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: asiatic lions, endangered species, india, lions
Tigers in the Sundarbans
Article
EDUCATION

Tigers in the Sundarbans

Increasing human fatalities from tiger attacks lead villagers to try new tactics to outsmart the felines.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: bengal tigers, deltas, endangered species, human conflict, india, national parks, tigers
Tiger Ranges
Internal Resource
EDUCATION

Tiger Ranges

Tigers are the world's biggest cats. Do they have the world's biggest species range?

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: asia, endangered species, species range, tigers
Analyzing BioBlitz Data
Activity
EDUCATION

Analyzing BioBlitz Data

Students investigate and analyze local biodiversity using iNaturalist observations. They collaborate in small groups to explore observations and identification of various taxon groups. Then students create a class graph of data and draw inferences about biodiversity, invasive species, and endangered...

  • Best for: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, biodiversity, data analysis, endangered species, introduced species, invasive species, patterns, synthesis, taxonomy, threatened species
Preserving Critical Species: Inquiry to Action
Activity
EDUCATION

Preserving Critical Species: Inquiry to Action

This activity guides students through a process that uses the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework inquiry arc. Students identify and research compelling and supporting questions, leading them to develop explanations and arguments and, ultimately, to take action on issues related to p...

  • Best for: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18)
  • Concepts: animals, conservation, endangered species, inquiry, threatened species, wildlife
Giant Pandas: Into the Wild
Interactive
EDUCATION

Giant Pandas: Into the Wild

Design a giant panda wildlife reserve suitable for panda health and happiness. Your challenge is to prepare your pandas and then release them into the wild!

  • Best for: Grades K-5 (ages 5-11)
  • Concepts: conservation, endangered species, environment, habitats, pandas, predators, survival
Lonesome George
Article
EDUCATION

Lonesome George

Galapagos tortoise was the last of his kind.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: endangered species, evolution, galapagos islands, lonesome george, reptiles, south america, tortoises
Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark
Article
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Joel Sartore: Building the Photo Ark

Use this collection of resources to engage students before and after a National Geographic student matinee.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: animals, character education, conservation, endangered species, geography, habitats, joel sartore, ng live, photography, role models, student matinees, wildlife
Russia's Tigers
Article
EDUCATION

Russia's Tigers

Join Wild Chronicles on an expedition to Russia, where researchers have the rare opportunity to study Siberian tigers up close at a wildlife sanctuary.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: big cats, endangered species, russia, sanctuary, siberian tigers, tigers, wild chronicles
Cheetah Chase
Article
EDUCATION

Cheetah Chase

Video. Photographer gets the shots he's been waiting for.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: africa, animals, big cats, botswana, cheetah, cheetah cub, endangered species, photography, wild chronicles
Dwindling Habitat of the Mangrove Finch
Internal Resource
EDUCATION

Dwindling Habitat of the Mangrove Finch

Trace the shrinking habitat of one of "Darwin's finches."

  • Concepts: birds, endangered species, galapagos islands, habitat loss, invasive species
Coelacanth Rediscovered
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Coelacanth Rediscovered

On February 16, 1939, experts identified a coelacanth, thought to have gone extinct 66 million years ago. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: coelacanths, endangered species, habitats, ocean, south africa
China’s Giant Pandas
Article
EDUCATION

China’s Giant Pandas

Giant pandas are one of the rarest species on the planet. Once ranging for thousands of kilometers, fewer than 1,850 wild pandas remain today.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: animals, china, destination wild, endangered species, forests, giant pandas
Training Pandas to be Wild
Article
EDUCATION

Training Pandas to be Wild

Tao Tao, a giant panda cub, is undergoing a process called "wild training" in preparation for his release into the wild.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: biologists, captive breeding, destination wild, experiments, pandas, predators, wildlife
National Bird Day
Historic Article
EDUCATION

National Bird Day

On January 5, 2008, the United States first celebrated National Bird Day.

  • Best for: Grades K-9 (ages 5-15)
  • Concepts: birds, celebrations, endangered species, united states