Geography KS2 & KS3: Expedition to Guyana - endangered animals in the rainforest

The Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh was the first Englishman to explore the rainforests of Guyana.

Eight young British adventurers have come to Guyana in South America to follow in Raleigh's footsteps and to explore the spectacular unspoilt rainforest.

This is one of only a handful of rainforests left on the planet that has not been damaged or destroyed by humans.

Across the world, rainforests are being cut down every day and if this carries on, in just one hundred years there will be no rainforests left.

Rainforest creatures are in danger of becoming extinct.

The Serious Explorers have the chance to meet some of Guyana’s most endangered animals, the caiman and the harpy eagle, and visit some wildlife projects.

This clip is from the series Seriously Raleigh.

Teacher Notes

Prior to watching the clip, pupils can locate where rainforests are in the world.

Then after watching the clip, they could identify and investigate how humans are causing damage to rainforests and how this is affecting endangered species.

Children could write information leaflets highlighting the problems facing the endangered animals and the rainforest and what needs to be done to prevent further destruction.

They could suggest ways to improve the conditions for these animals.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Geography at KS2 and KS3 Level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.

More from Seriously Raleigh:

Expedition safety
Expedition to Guyana - exploring Mount Roraima
Expedition to Guyana - life in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - Mount Roraima (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - navigating an ocean journey
Expedition to Guyana - planning an expedition
Expedition to Guyana - recreating Sir Walter Raleigh's search for El Dorado
Expedition to Guyana - rivers and waterfalls (no narration)
Expedition to Guyana - spending a night in the rainforest
Expedition to Guyana - the Makushi tribespeople
Expedition to Guyana - transportation for local tribespeople