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African lion presentation

  1. 1. Preservation of African Lions
  2. 2. ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS  What is an African Lion?  What makes the African Lion so unique and beautiful?  Where does an African Lion come from?  Why is it important to preserve the African Lion?  What challenges or threats does the lion face?  What is extinction and what effect does it have on our eco-system?
  3. 3. LEARNING OUTCOMES  Students will be able to understand the importance of preserving the wild.  Students will be able to identify, locate and describe where the African Lion lives.  Students will be able to define extinction and understand it’s effects on the eco-system.  Students will learn what an African Lion is and how it lives.  Students will be able to explain what makes a Lion special and beautiful.
  4. 4. THE AFRICAN LION  African Lions Live in groups called PRIDES  They are the only member of the cat family that lives in a group  A pride usually includes 2 male lions, 12 females, and their cubs  The young males within a pride eventually leave to take over their own pride headed by another male
  7. 7. BEAUTY OF A LION  The body of a lion is extremely muscular  Including it’s tail a lion can grow up to nine feet long  A lion can weigh anywhere from 265-420lbs  Even with it’s great size and weight the lion is very difficult to hear coming because of it’s unique soft pads on it’s paws which keep their movements quiet  A lion can run up to 30 miles per hour on these quiet paws!
  8. 8. HUNTING AT NIGHT  Lions have extraordinary eyes and are great hunters at night  The eyes of a lion contain a reflective coating that will even reflect moonlight enabling them to see every possible movement in the dark  Unlike humans who can move their eyes from side to side a lion needs to move it’s head to see things that aren’t in it’s direct line of sight
  9. 9. SENSE OF SMELL  Lions have a great sense of smell and use it to mark their territory. This sense of smell helps them find prey and also find kills made by predators. They scare off the predators and steal the meal. Lions steal 40% of all the food they eat! All lions contain a Jacobson’s organ inside of their mouth that they use to help them smell. The lion will grimace opening it’s mouth to let the air into the organ.
  10. 10. WHAT DOES A LION EAT? Label the Animals Word Bank Leopard Baboon Cheetah Antelope Hyena Wildebeest Zebra Giraffe Name: Name: Name: Name: Name: Name: Name:Name:
  11. 11. LION HABITAT African Lion Range Use your Google Earth App on your IPAD or Google Earth on the internet to locate some of the countries that the African Lion Range Falls into.
  12. 12. THE SAVANNAH  The African Savannah is where you can find most of the lions remaining in the world. Africa has a wet season and dry season. In the wet season there is an average of 15-20 inches of rain. In the dry season there is only an average of 4 inches of rain fall, and no rain at all from December to February.  There are 45 species of mammal in Africa and some of them help to feed the Lions.  All of the mammals of the African Savanna are co-dependent living out their lives together in freedom as they fight to survive.  Within the Savannah lions enjoy scrub, woodlands, or grasslands  They like to also be near streams this way they can catch prey off guard while they stop for a drink  Check out the Savannah on this link!  /watch?v=lV_zhl0KKnc
  13. 13. PRESERVING THE LIONS  Check out this video from National Geographic!  /video/player/animals/mammals- animals/cats/animate-url-bci.html  Lions have declined at alarming rates. We had 100,000 lions in the 1980’s and now lion population is down to about 20,000  If we continue at the pace we are at now, lions are doomed for extinction within the next ten to fifteen years  Take a look at this scary timeline from the National Geographic!  m/animals/big-cats/lion-decline- map/  Poaching, hunting, and disease have decimated the lion population.  Many people hunt the animals because the lions come on their land and eat their animals.  It is difficult for the lion population to grow quickly because when a pride is taken over by a male they kill all of the cubs and it can take up to 18mnths to produce new cubs
  14. 14. LIONS FACE EXTINCTION  Extinction- is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms, normally a species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point.  Extinct is forever and never again will that specific animal or organism roam the earth again.  Check out these animals that you could have enjoyed if only they were still around today by clicking the link below. 
  15. 15. REMEMBER ME!?  I am the king of the Jungle. I roam the earth as the fiercest predator alive.  I am 42ft long and 13ft tall.  Extremely sharp teethe line my mouth.  The earth rumbles as I walk on my two legs.  My arms are small and serve very little function.  Who can I be?! Click here for a hint!
  16. 16. I AM AN EXTINCT TYRANNOSAURAS REX  Imagine how fascinating it would be to go to the zoo and see a T-Rex roaming the forest  Imagine if you could travel the world to see living dinosaurs eating, sleeping, and prowling the jungle  The only problem is this is not possible. The only place you can find a dinosaur now is in a book, on a website, or in the movies  This could happen to the African Lion
  17. 17. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN LIONS BECOME EXTINCT?  If lions become extinct it will start a very large and sweeping change in the savannah.  African lions control the populations of many of the animals such as zebras, wildebeests, giraffe, and antelope  All of these animals are herbivores and therefore eat leaves and grass.  If these animals populations grow out of control then their eventually won’t be enough food for these animals causing mass deaths in the savannah!  Every animal is connected to another animals survival  If the top of the food chain goes extinct so will most of the animals in it’s habitat
  18. 18. OR  It is time to concentrate on preservation and conservation  Humans can’t survive without animals, plants, or water  If we continue at the pace we are the African Savannah can turn into a parking lot
  19. 19. CULMINATING ACTIVITY  Choose two of the letters  A. You’re a male lion in the African Savannah. You’ve just left your pride and are looking for your own. Write a story about your trials and adventures using the knowledge you’ve learned.  B. Draw a picture of what you think the African Savannah would look like if lions were extinct.  C. Write a song that could be used to teach children about the issues facing the lion today.  D. Using the information you’ve learned create a scene in a diorama involving a pride in the African Savannah.