Most countries around the world have made laws to stop or limit hunting of endangered species. A treaty called, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has been signed by most countries.
Though many animals are protected from hunting, it does not stop some people from hunting them illegally. This is called poaching. Poaching happens all over the world, because poachers can get a lot of money for their illegal game. They sell the horns, ivory, body parts, and skin of protected animals.
Even with game wardens hired to patrol animal preserves, poachers have the advantage. Preserves are very large tracts of land and there are not enough wardens to protect the whole thing. The other problem is that poachers that go after big game like elephants and rhinos have big guns and can be very dangerous. One warden cannot stop six poachers and might get killed if they try. In many places, poachers seem to be winning out over our endangered species.
Poaching does not just happen in Africa or Asia. There is a lot of poaching in our own National Parks right here in the United States. People steal cactuses, trees, tortoises, and even grass if they can sell it. It’s a frustrating problem for those of us who want to protect our disappearing national treasures.
There are many ways you and your family can help stop poaching.
Testing and Assessment
Assess content comprehension about Topics about Endangered Species with the Mutiple Choice Test.
Assess student knowledge of which animals are endangered with the Endangered Animal Labeling Page.
Use the Endangered Animal Coloring Page as a model to reinforce this knowledge.