Animals in danger is an interactive session where pupils are allowed to investigate objects that have been made from endangered animals and have been seized by the UK Border Force at airports and docks around the UK. The pupils are introduced to the concepts of import and export and the lengths some people and organisations will go to in order to smuggle in prohibited items.
Pupils will hear the stories behind the smuggling of the objects and will be introduced to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) laws that aim to prevent the illegal trade in endangered species, and they are encouraged to question, discuss and explore the ethical issues raised by such activities.
Young people seem particularly interested in the animal collection which includes ivory tusks, stuffed crocodiles and snakeskin shoes, being able to hold these objects the pupils are inspired to question how and why some people choose to put these beautiful creatures at risk.
The museum staff who deliver the session have been trained directly by the UK Border Force about detection work. We have worked with the CITES organisation and visited the animal reception centre at Heathrow airport.
Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force means that we are always up to date with the latest seizures, discoveries and smuggling trends.
Pupils should be taught to:
Pupils should be taught:
Animals in Danger links to PSHE for all key stages with its focus on drug smuggling, making healthy choices, keeping safe, being a responsible citizen and providing an opportunity for informed debate. Following the changes to the curriculum the teaching of PSHE is still encouraged but with no statutory guidelines.