I used to think that there weren’t that many endangered animals that seriously needed to be helped. Now I have changed my mind after learning more about them at Healesville Sanctuary. I now know that there are so many species of animals like the Tasmanian devil that are endangered that we need to help. Something I would like to know more about is the Tasmanian devil and the deadly facial tumour that they can get which kills them. I learnt that there is a wide range of ways to help save these animals that could soon be extinct if we don’t do something. Those include raising money to build a breeding place for a certain species of animals, chopping down fewer trees so animals like the orange bellied parrot and the lead beaters possum have a place to live and breed in. Yesterday I even learnt that simple things like becoming a member or volunteer at a place like Healesville Sanctuary, can help fight extinction. This trip to Healesville Sanctuary has really helped me properly understand the risk and threat that these animals face, and what I can do about it.
by Hannah G
Before going to Healesville I knew all the different conservation status of Australian native animals and wether they were endangered, Vulnerable, threatened, near threatened, extinct and extinct in the wild. What Healesville taught me is how the animals came to be in those categories and how we can help and support the programs that are trying to save them.
I always knew Tasmania Devils were endangered, but I never knew why. At Healesville I learnt that they are endangered because of a facial tumour they get when fighting for food or road kill, with other devils and it is very contagious. They are trying to help Tassie devils by breeding them and stopping them from fighting with other Tasmanian devils with tumours on their face.
Healesville have agreed to look after and care for twenty endangered animals around Australia, so the animals can help restore their numbers and be well populated in the wild again. We had to pick an endangered animal off the list and use our devices and the information around the sanctuary, to come up with a plan to help save that animal. Our plan was to support black and white day, by raising to donate to the sanctuary. The money that they earn goes to building special centres and breeding programs on the main land of Australia and in Tasmania.
With catastrophe, the blazing bushfire marches across the valley (LG). Homes set ablaze; lighting up the eerie, tainted sky. (PO). Advancing rapidly towards endangered homes and residents, the fire uncontrollably swallows everything in its path and moves swiftly onwards. (BG). The fire creeps forward and licks burnt trees, run down houses and sweeps up all the dust like a tornado. (GH) Devastated families try to escape the destructive fire before they are swallowed by the fierce flames. (HRB). A hair-raising gust of wind passes, making the sizzling fire travel higher and higher up the sooty trees. (HB).The wind runs, swiftly though the forest.(LE) The carnage burns down everything in site. (LV) A gail force wind kicks up a wave of fire, provoking it to engulf the survivors. (LH) The roaring fire bucks up like a horse in the blazing wind.(JM) People can’t run from this!(BG) A parched tongue licks up its dessert. (BL) The fiery tongue curiously looks around for lively scraps to digest.(ZA) The fire climbs up trees burning what once was lush bush land(CS) With the burning fire becoming uncontrollable, the survivors sit with despair and stare at what used to be their homes and is now charcoal and ash.(WN) Frantically, they search around trying to find any valuables that haven’t been hit.(HG) Residents watch in horror, as their homes and hope are lost. (GW) Devastation washes over everyone like a wave hitting the sand.(BH) Lives flash before their eyes with the horror of death.(KS) When all their dreams are burnt to cinders, the firemen pat citizens on the back. (KW) What now? No home; no food. (MR) Lumps throb in their throats, their hearts snap in half and water swells in their stunned eyes.(EO) In despair, people stare into the wasteland that has consumed lives, homes and hope. (ED) As fewer flames dance and sizzle, locals shed tears in desperation for a place to call home.(CW) Tears tumble down the hopeless survivor’s cheeks, depression is written all over their faces as the final flame sizzles out. (EA) Crisp, black coal scolds the earth.(ZB)
OUR CLASS WROTE THIS PIECE AFTER WITNESSING AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRES VIEWED ON YOUTUBE. EACH STUDENT CONTRIBUTED ONE SENTENCE. EACH STUDENT NEEDED TO REREAD THE TEXT TO MAKE SURE THEIR SENTENCE MADE SENSE. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE END RESULT.
In maths this week we are focusing on ESTIMATION. Today we played a game called ice ice maybe. We played this game in groups of four, one person played on the computer and the other three played it in their maths book and then they rotated until everyone had a go. Here is a link to the the game