Let's find out about threatened animals that live in NSW

An Australian Curriculum education resource for years 1-6.

Barrier Range dragon (Ctenophorus mirrityana)

In this education resource, we describe 28 animals that are threatened in New South Wales. They represent a range of animal types that live in different places with diverse ecosystems across New South Wales. Some rely on very specific habitat features in the environment to eat, breed and survive.

The resource is supported by a series of drawings by nature artist Tallulah Cunningham and we provide ideas for activities and questions associated with the animals and the drawings.

Download the drawings


The threatened species animal faces can be used to explore the following learning areas from the Australian Curriculum.

OI.1 The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.
OI.9 Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.


Year 1 ACSSU017 Living things have a variety of external features
Year 1 ACSSU211 Living things live in different places where their needs are met
Year 3 ACSSU044 Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
Year 4 ACSSU073 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
Year 5 ACSSU043 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
Year 6 ACSSU094 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment


Humanities and social sciences
Year 4 ACHASSK088 The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people
Year 4 ACHASSK090 The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably