Save the Panda? Group research, database and discussion task.
Posted by Stephen
This task is based on Chris Packham’s comments on Panda conservation and is intended to give students an insight into conservation issues and use of the IUCN Red List database. Here is a quick news clip with him defending his comments, and the activity is embedded below.
By the end of this session, students should be able to:
- Distinguish between keystone and flagship species, with examples of each
- Access and use the IUCN Red List database
- Appreciate that threats to one species often threaten other species in the same area
- Discuss the benefits of whole-ecosystem conservation
Once this is complete, watch one of these TED Talks on active conservation management techniques and their successes. Conservation really is inspiration!
Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish
John Kasaona: How rhino poachers became caretakers
Willie Smits: How we regrew a rainforest