I discovered ARKive recently, via MakeUseOf.com and I am super impressed. The main purpose of the site is to create the ultimate multimedia archive of the world's endangered animals. So important, because over 17,000 animals, plants and fungi are currently threatened with extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources' Red List of Threatened Species.
The images and video are excellent quality, and available for internal educational use ie you can't publish them on your website etc, but can use them in a classroom. Such a pity, I would have loved to share one here. However, I found fascinating pictures and information about creatures presumed to be extinct like the highland slender loris, and I loved the feature where you can use geography to explore the site, or common AND scientific names. It's a work in progress, so information is still being prepared, but there is lots to see and do.
Part of ARKive, ARKive Education is an amazing resource for parents, teachers and children.
ARKive Education is a resource bank for teachers and other educators who are interested in helping children to become more aware of wildlife and conservation issues. Making use of the stunning imagery available on the main ARKive website, ARKive Education provides downloadable, ready-to-use modules on a wide range of curriculum topics, suitable for geography, biology, environmental education and citizenship lessons.
If your youngster loves animals, loves to learn about them and examine them closely, this website is the next best thing to real life. Information is clear and engaging, and is written by people who are qualified biologists. And the images are brilliant!
ARKive Education also has interactive games which encourage kids to learn about plants, animals and conservation. These are not flashy bells and whistle games but engaging nonetheless. I liked 24 hour Survival - a Day in the Life of a Sand Lizard, where you have to help a sand lizard survive 24 hours of his life. (Phew, it is so much easier being a chicken!) You'll also find Design a habitat, Copse and robbers (a detective-type game), Magnetic fridge poetry, and other puzzles and learning games. One extra feature I like in ARKive Education is for signed-up members, who can make and share their own image and video collections - great for classrooms!
(Thanks to Photos8.com for the great reptile image!)