Geography KS3: Protecting endangered species in Madagascar

The children go to visit some Fusa living in captivity in a local zoo and find out that wild Fusa are being pushed out of the territory by dogs.

We are asked to think about whether the best way to keep the Fusa safe is to keep it in captivity.

Part two of the dilemma introduces us to a conservation project in Madagascar for turtles which works with local people to protect another endangered species.

Could the conservation approach also work for the Fusa or other endangered species?

Eight children from the UK are sent to the tropical island of Madagascar to see what challenges there are for both people and wildlife living together.

The children have learnt that several species of animal may become extinct in their lifetimes.

The children go in search of a Fusa but are unable to find one in the wild.

This clip is from the series Deadly Dilemmas.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to start a discussion about endangered animals.

Ask the class to research different approaches to saving endangered species.

Split them into small groups and ask them to find example of different approaches to saving species from taking tusks off elephants, horns from rhinos to captive breeding programmes.

Once they have collected their data, they could put it into a presentation, explaining what they have discovered and how it could be used or how the idea could be adapted to save the Fusa.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

More from Deadly Dilemmas:

The balance between tourism and conservation in Madagascar
How fishing on the coral reef in Madagascar causes habitat destruction
How deforestation in Madagascar is threatening animal habitats
The food dilemma in Madagascar