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David Livingstone Birthplace’s Which Animals are the Most Dangerous? Worksheet

Download this free worksheet from David Livingstone Birthplace to explore dangerous animals.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Subjects: Biology, Science


Which animals are the most dangerous?

One of the best-known stories about David Livingstone is his attack by a lion, shortly after he began his travels through Africa. When you think of a lion, what do you think of? Big scary teeth? Long sharp claws? Fearsome Roar?!

Lions are not to be trifled with, that’s for sure! The community David stayed with shortly after arriving in Africa were worried about a group of lions living nearby who had been attacking their animals. David wrote in his diary:

“It is well known that if one of a troop of lions is killed, the others take the hint and leave that part of the country. So, the next time the herds were attacked, I went with the people to kill one of the lions in the hope that the whole pride would leave the area.”

When they reached the group of lions, David was able to shoot one. While he was reloading his gun, the lion attacked him and broke his arm very badly. After attacking two of Livingstone’s companions, the lion died from his bullet wounds.

From this story, which do you think is more dangerous – the lion or the human?


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.