Our Favourite Endangered Animal Facts For Kids

Did you know that a quarter of all species are threatened with extinction worldwide? This means that there are less than 38,500 of certain species, from amphibians to mammals to birds, left on the planet. 

This is why it’s so important to share endangered animal facts for kids. Below we’ve collected some fun facts about some of our favourite endangered animals, so that you can share them - offering them new information about their favourite animals and raising awareness of an important issue at the same time.

If you enjoy this blog post, then you’ll love our Endangered Animal ToyChoc Boxes. Combining delicious organic chocolate with a 3D puzzle toy featuring a surprise animal, and a fun fact card, your child is in for a treat. 

Our Favourite Endangered Animal Facts For Kids

Our endangered animal collection has 18 different animals for you to find. We’ve picked our favourite of the bunch so that we can share some of the most interesting endangered animal facts for kids.

But don’t worry - none of these facts are on our cards, we’re not going to spoil anything!

Black Rhinoceros

There are less than 6,487 black rhinos and so they are classed as critically endangered. Luckily, these numbers are slowly beginning to rise due to conservation work across Africa.

  • They are the third biggest kind of rhino (after the white rhino and the greater one-horned rhino).
  • They are herbivores, which means they only eat plants.
  • They can reach speeds of up to 55kph - that’s faster than cars can drive on an ordinary road!
  • They have two horns (other species of rhino only have one).

Now some facts about rhinoceros more generally! A group of rhinos is called a CRASH. And a pile of rhino poop is called a MIDDEN. 

Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill turtles are found in tropical oceans, and make themselves at home in coral reefs. Remember Crush from Finding Nemo? Many people actually think that he was a hawksbill turtle, because they share many of the same features. 

  • They only come to shore to lay eggs.
  • They get their name from their pointed beaks - they look a lot like birds!
  • They are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants. 
  • They have beautiful shells, often in striking colours.

In the wild, these turtles can live for up to 50 years! They’re one of the oldest species on the planet - they were around at the same time as DINOSAURS. And finally, when in groups they are called a BALE, a TURN, a DOLE or a NEST.

Sunda Tiger

There are less than 400 sunda tigers in the world. Part of the reason for this is their habitat - they love tropical forests and freshwater swamps, which are harder and harder to find in Indonesia.

  • They are the smallest tiger (the biggest is the Siberian tiger).
  • They’ve been on this planet for over 2 million years - we have the fossils to prove it!
  • They have the most narrow black stripes, helping them to blend in. 
  • They eat large and small animals - everything from cows to crocodiles to fish.

Now for some fun animal facts about tigers in general! A group of tigers is called an AMBUSH or a STREAK. They are born blind, they love water and they are very NOISY.

Bornean Orangutan

Everyone loves monkeys, and kids are compared to monkeys all the time! They’re known for leaping and jumping and climbing trees - the perfect weekend.

  • They are the only ape in Asia.
  • In Malay, their name means “people of the forest”.
  • They are divided into three subspecies: Northwest, Northeast and Central.
  • Their DNA is a 97% match with humans.   

Monkeys are omnivores, but they have a special love for fruit. In groups, they’re known as a MISSION, TRIBE, TROOP or CARTLOAD. And finally, there are over 250 KINDS of monkeys. 

African Forest Elephant

Elephants star in all of the best films, such as Jungle Book, Dumbo, Tarzan and George Of The Jungle. Next time you watch one, you can show off one of these endangered animal facts for kids. 

  • They are the largest land animal on Earth.
  • They can live in the wild for up to 70 years. 
  • They are herbivores, enjoying grass, bark and fruit. 
  • Their tusks are actually their teeth, functioning as incisors and used to eat, dig and fend off attack. 

Elephants travel in HERDS. The females are called COWS and the males are called BULLS. Finally they are matriarchal, which means that they are FEMALE-LED (the males tend to live alone).

Where To Find More Endangered Animal Facts For Kids

Unfortunately, there are so many more endangered animals. Some of our favourites, which we couldn’t include here, are the amur leopard, the blue whale, the polar bear, the black-footed ferret and the red panda!

Other than our Endangered Animal ToyChoc Boxes, there are many places that you can find endangered animal facts for kids. However, it’s important that you find the right resources, so that you have information that is child-friendly and accurate. 

We would recommend looking at some of the following websites, as these are all charities and organisations that we support. The team at PLAYinCHOC are committed to supporting worthwhile causes that help the planet, so you can trust that we’re pointing you in the right direction!

Endangered Animal Facts For Kids, With PLAYinCHOC

We had so much fun gathering these endangered animal facts for kids, and so hopefully you had even more fun while reading them. These are perfect to share after school, on the weekend and whenever else you need something to keep the little ones entertained.

If you and your kids enjoyed this blog, you may want to take a look at our Endangered Animal ToyChoc Boxes. With single boxes, 6 box gift sets and 18 box gift sets to choose from, they are guaranteed fun for all of the family.

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Black rhino with its baby

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