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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Black Rhinos of West Africa are now extinct

Sadly~ scientists of the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN)~have announced that wild black rhinos can no longer be found in West Africa. It is now more walk the planet. Also~ the last Javan rhino is gone. And~ the white rhino of central Africa is very close to extinction. Did you know that 1 out of 4 mammals are at risk of also becoming extinct? Loss of habitat and poaching are the main causes. Learn more about the rhino at this webquest.

An activity to discuss endangered creatures is to have students review a list of creatures from the IUCN's Red List and say they can only select 10 to attempt to save due to lack of funding.Which would they save and why? For example~ the blue whale might be selected because it is the largest creature on the earth. Perhaps~ the bald eagle might be selected for saving because it is our national symbol. After students have made their list~ regroup and record the creatures selected. Those 10 with the most votes will be selected to try and save.