Let’s find out about NSW threatened animals

An Australian Curriculum education resource for years 1-6.

We describe 28 animals that are threatened in New South Wales.

30 August 2018
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Guide
  • ISBN 978-1-92575-432-2
  • ID OEH20180411
  • File PDF 2.6MB
  • Pages 22
  • Name threatened-animals-that-live-in-nsw-180411.pdf

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. Some rely on specific habitat features in the environment to eat, breed and survive.

Section one shows how the exploration of threatened species is linked to numerous learning areas across the Australian Curriculum. It also provides some ideas for activities and questions associated with the animals.

Section two tells you a little about each animal and links to more information on the Environment and Heritage website, where you will also find maps and photos of the species.

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