Endangered Animals In Asia: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Many animals are endangered throughout the world, and there are several species in Asia that are in the endangered category. In this lesson, learn about animals like elephants, tigers, and dolphins, and find out why their lives are threatened.

Decreasing Populations

Can you imagine our world without elephants or tigers? It's sad to think about, but many animals in the world are endangered. This means there is a possibility that they will become extinct, or no longer exist. On the continent of Asia, there are several animals that are endangered for many reasons. Let's learn about some of these creatures, and find out why their populations are threatened.

Bengal Tiger

There are several different species (groups of biologically similar organisms) of tigers living in Asia that are endangered. One type is the Bengal tiger. It is found in areas of Bangladesh and China. This beautiful animal loves hanging out in deep forests, but the number of Bengal tigers has been reduced due to hunters. Thankfully, there have been efforts to protect these tigers, and their population has increased since the 1970s.

Bengal tigers are endangered animals that live in areas of Bangladesh and China.

Sumatran Orangutan

If you travel to the island of Sumatra, you might notice the Sumatran orangutan swinging through the branches of tropical rainforests. This animal could originally be found all over the island, but now it has become endangered. Most Sumatran orangutans now are in a small northern part of Sumatra. Currently, there are only a little over 7,000 of these creatures left, and this is mainly because of the deforestation that has occurred on their island. Roads and buildings are being constructed in Sumatra, and the rainforests are being cut down for this development.

Orangutans are losing their homes in tropical rainforests because of human development.

Asian Elephant

Asian elephants are gentle giants, and they live throughout the continent. They like to be social animals, meaning they travel in groups of five or more elephants, and the leader is usually the mother elephant. It is believed that their population today is a little over 40,000. Why would elephants be endangered? In addition to the loss of their habitat due to construction of buildings and houses, elephants are often hunted. These animals have tusks, which are long teeth made of ivory. This ivory is often used to make statues and jewelry.

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