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David Livingstone Birthplace’s Extinction Resource

Download this free teaching resource from David Livingstone Birthplace to explore conversation and extinction.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Biology, Science


Explore conservation.

In reality, human beings are responsible for more destruction than any other animals. David Livingstone killed a lion because it was attacking his friends in the local village, but some people in Victorian times killed animals for other reasons like sport, scientific research and sometimes just to take home as trophies. David was worried about the impact trophy hunting would have on animal populations.

Today, many animals are in danger of becoming extinct because too many animals have been hunted or their homes have been destroyed.

With this resource, your students will create a fact file about one endangered African animal. Find out why your chosen animal is endangered. Find out how many of your chosen animal is living in Africa today and whether this number is increasing or decreasing. Now you must do something to help protect your animal. You could sign a petition, create a campaign or organise a fundraising activity to donate money to a conservation charity.


Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Biology, Science

Topics: Animals, Living Things & Habitats, Conservation

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About David Livingstone Birthplace.

The David Livingstone Trust (DLT) includes the Listed Building of his birth, surrounding parkland, and the 2,000 piece David Livingstone collection.

David Livingstone’s Birthplace is a dynamic visitor experience where people can learn about and be inspired by Livingstone’s story, his childhood home and their collection.

Today they continue Livingstone’s mission by enabling people from Scotland, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond to engage in intercultural dialogue and participate in the world as active global citizens.