Teach Your Kids: Wild Animals Need Them
Teaching your kids is one of the major fundamentals in conservation efforts. Why you ask? Human encroachment on habitats, poaching, and disease all threaten them with extinction. If children don't learn about these issues early on, we will not have a next generation to help save them. They have increasingly become more distant from animals. Many have no idea what the proper rules regarding animals are. Some approach strange animals with reckless abandon, while others fear them. It is not a good idea to teach a child to reach out for an animal. Many kids get injured because they take the liberty of approaching a strange animal and instigating contact.
Keep in mind, the age of your child when teaching your kids. Instructing a 10 year old on the complex social structure of a pride of Lions is going to zip right past a 4 year old. Age specific information is best. If to complicated, they may resist learning. Gradually increase the difficulty of the information. Point out animals and their names such as birds, frogs, and lizards at the park, or butterflies and bees in the backyard. These good beginnings will include having the child listen and look from a distance.
Curious by nature, children can get very excited to learn about things that are new and different. Children are imaginative and creative, they get excited to add more knowledge. Once you have their interest piqued, give them a book, magazine, or put on a movie. Show them sites on the internet with pictures, the origin of animals, their eating habits, behavior, likes and dislikes, interesting facts etc. You will see that your child is getting interested in the topic and then you can also tell your kids how these wild animals such as lions, tigers, bears, etc are facing dangers these days.
Visit pet stores, zoos, and other animal related places in a controlled setting. Petting zoos can be ideal. If you child is afraid of the animal, keep them at a distance and let them see the other children with the animals while telling them some wonderful facts about a particular animal.
A national park can be a great learning place. If your child is old enough and will understand and cooperate with you to look out for wild animals. A zoo is a good idea to look at wild animals. The zoo is a safer bet, as the animals are confined to their enclosures and children feel more sage.
Kids and their attitude toward the environment and the animals will determine what the future is for many species. They will be making judgments that will effect not only their future, but the future of the animals living in those habitats and locations. By starting early and taking some time and effort you will find that the impact of good animal manners will translate into keeping your child safe and into good manners of living with others, both human and otherwise!
We are responsible for the world and what is in it. Teach your children well.