English Across the Curriculum

Endangered Species

Endangered Animals

African and Indian Elephants

African and Indian elephants are killed for their tusks, which are used for ivory earrings and other art objects

The African elephant
Image: Andreas from Pixabay

The Giant Panda

The giant panda lives in zoos and in some parts of China. There are only about 1,500 left in the world today

The giant panda
Image:  Dim Hou from Pixabay


Reptiles (lizards, crocodiles and alligators) are killed for their skins. People make leather handbags and shoes.

Alligator in Louisiana
Image:  RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay

Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are in danger because people often collect their eggs. They often die in the sea because of water pollution.

Sea Turtle
Image: Brocken InagloryCC BY-SA 3.0,
via Wikimedia Commons


There are only about five thousand tigers left in the world today. They live in southern Asia, mostly in national reserves.

Siberian Tiger
Image: AppaloosaCC BY-SA 3.0,
via Wikimedia Commons

Bald Eagle

The bald eagle is the national symbol of the USA. The bird almost died out at the beginning of the century, but today the population is stable.

Bald Eagle
Image:  Brigitte Werner from Pixabay