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Endangered Species School Assemblies

May 10, 2015 by

Endangered Species School Assemblies


At Snakes-N-Scales we are always looking for what schools will like, and be able to integrate into their curricula, but still be fun for the kids! In this case we have created a paired live/non-live Endangered Species School Assemblies animal program that offers several variations on a theme!


In the Endangered Species School Assemblies program there are, (at least,) 2 animals from each habitat you may choose, and you may choose as many as 4 of the given habitats. There will be, (at least) 1 live animal and 1 non-live animal discussed for that habitat. The non-live animals will be represented by either a skull, a life size cardboard cut out, a model or a pelt, and then a photo of that animal. The live animals are represented by our rescued reptiles or other types, (like the puffer, see below.)

We have tried to choose some of the larger mammal species to represent their habitats as they have the greatest appeal to children and they are also impossible to bring into a school as living animals. Animals such as the rhino, jaguar or panda have instant recognition with kids and bring up images of the habitats of these animals from what they have seen in books and on TV.

1923 color print of a couple of Mountain Zebra, classification Equus Zebra, native to South Western Angola, Namibia, and South Africa, and currently an endangered species.

The pair of animals is presented within their habitat. There are specific dangers that threaten these animals in that habitat. The idea is to give as full a picture as possible, given the limitations of time, interest and grade. And all of this is done in a light-hearted way, so the kids will laugh and think, not become depressed! The higher the understanding/grade level the more involved the program can be. Obviously with children in the 2nd-4th grade levels the program will discuss the ideas in a more simplified fashion.

Paired Animals and their habitats in

Endangered Species School Assemblies


 White Rhino and White Throat Monitor

African Savanna

Endangered Species School Assemblies

Close to the edge of extinction, (in the wild,) stands the white rhino. Hunted to just a few individuals from thousands just ten years ago, due to the value of the horn material in Chinese medicine and as a handle for ceremonial knives in Yemen. Only education can save these animals. Education to teach people not to want the horn anymore. How horrible it would be to lose these great beasts.—————– The rhino’s partner in the show, and on the savanna, is the White Throat Monitor, one of the largest lizards on Earth. This monitor is very dog-like in it’s actions and appearance.

The habitat they share is under threat from poachers that find the open grasslands easy to hunt in, livestock that eat the same grasses as the rhino and cause havoc for any smaller animals, and of course, just living space for people.

Black Bear and American Alligator

North American Swamp

Endangered Species School Assemblies

The North American predator combo, the Black Bear and the American Alligator. Throughout most of it’s range today, the bear isn’t considered a species in danger of disappearance, except that it’s range used to be the entire US! So by comparison it’s much reduced. The alligator had only 400 individuals alive in 1923 and now there are over 1 million! Farming actually saved the gator. What do these animals teach us about our willingness to preserve wildlife? Endangered Species School Assemblies asks many such questions and tries to show a few possible answers.

Their swamp habitat is actually protected in many areas from building homes or roads on it, but it isn’t defended against the water use that drains millions of gallons for orange groves and golf courses. What good is preventing home building if the swamp is dried up anyway?

retic full of deer

Jaguar And Green Anaconda

South American Tropical Rainforest

Endangered Species School Assemblies

The Jaguar and the Green Anaconda have an odd relationship. They are predator and prey of each other, sometimes the cat hunts the snake and sometime the reverse! They are equally competitors of one another as well, as both hunt the same other creatures. Power, size and circumstance make the difference as to who is the eater and who is the eaten.

The Brazilian Rainforest is a place of marvels that would be terrible to lose! Harvesting of these trees and unsustainable farming continue to tear chunks out of the forest.


Giant Panda And Reticulated Python

Asian Sub-Tropical Forest

Endangered Species Assembly

The bear that isn’t a bear… is the Giant Panda. More a like raccoon actually, these shy animals once ranged over all of central and southern China, into Vietnam and Burma, but now survive only in a few small spots in central China. They are a great example of evolution’s ability to force animals into positions due to circumstance. The Panda’s teeth are of a carnivores but it’s diet is entirely herbivorous. The Reticulated Python can still be found in the subtropical forests of northern Vietnam and Burma, where the Pandas once lived as well. These giant reptiles will eat nearly any smaller animal they can catch, from monkeys. to rodents, birds, lizards, small crocodiles and deer.

The Asian sub-tropical forest spans the gap between the rainforest and mountain, or montane forests, and to the grassy steppe lands. They are a great mixture of species including bamboo groves and the pandas that live on them. —————————–Endangered Species School Assemblies are very flexible in their scope. We can include many different aspects of material depending on your needs, just ask when you call!


East African Oryx and Sulcata Tortoise

African Desert

Endangered Species School Assemblies

Perhaps the most beautiful of all the antelope, several oryx species are already wiped out in the wild. They exist on only on game farms or private ranches. Their signature horns can be used to stop a lion, but didn’t have much effect against the human styled weapons of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Sulcata Tortoise is the largest, continental tortoise in the world. Reaching upwards of 90 pounds these gentle giants are easy prey for any human looking for a meal.

Desertification is the process of deserts expanding and becoming drier or even hotter. This process is occurring now as our climate changes due to human fuel consumption. How far it will go, if we can stop it or whether there are other factors that will affect it are all unknown. Endangered Species School Assemblies does not attempt to answer these questions that, at this moment, don’t have an answer. But we feel it’s important that the ideas be discussed.


Black Tip Shark And Puffer Fish

Coral  Reef

Endangered Species School Assemblies

The only fully aquatic combination of animals in Endangered Species School Assemblies, here the Black Tip Shark and the Puffer fish are looked at in their coral reef habitat. Recent studies on the shark are showing that female Black tips, communicate and cooperate with one another in food acquisition, young rearing and territory defense. How they do all this is still an unknown but the fact is that they do it regardless of our inability to explain it! Hopefully education can save the sharks of the world from the immense burden of the shark fishing industry and we will learn these answers. The puffer does, as everyone knows, “puff” up to defend itself from predators like sharks, but what many don’t know is that eating a puffer could be your last meal, as they are extremely poisonous!

Oils spills, as happened in the Gulf Of Mexico and many other places around the world harm the reefs  so badly that they may have to be replanted at enormous cost!

bamboo shark

 Some of the animals in the Endangered Species School Assemblies, like the white rhino, are critically endangered species; but the black bear is not generally considered endangered. Our purpose is not to be tied by the political designation of the animal, endangered, threatened, etc. but to talk about the reasons for the decline of all animals in general, what is being done and what can be done in the future.

So you choose up to 4 habitats. You may choose fewer, in which case we will bring more live animals from that habitat. Endangered Species School Assemblies will go into as much or as little detail as you wish about whatever aspect of these complex relationships you find interesting. The point here is to expose the children to the concepts of the inter-relationships between the animals, their habitats and the human uses that degrade them. If your school doesn’t allow live animals in we can do this program with only the non-live representatives.

Prices for Endangered Species School Assemblies

 NORTH NJ (201,973,908,)                                              $450
CENTRAL NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 Excluding So NJ)           $450
SOUTH NY (845, 914, 516, 631)                                                $450
NYC (212, 718, 917, 646, 347)                                         $525
No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                              $460
CT (203)                                                                  $460
PHILLY & SOUTH NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)    $500

Author Bill Boesenberg



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