Conservation Bibliography


Bloyd, Sunni. Endangered Species. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books, 1989.

  • Describes how and why various species of animals and tropical rain forests are threatened, and discusses the importance of their survival. Includes glossary and list of organizations to contact.

Cox, James A. The Endangered Ones. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975.

  • Provides a continent-by-continent breakdown (plus islands and oceans) of endangered and extinct animals.

Horwich, Robert H. A Belizean Rain Forest: The Community Baboon Sanctuary, 3rd ed. Gays Mills, WI: Orang-utan Press, 1990.

  • This book describes the howler conservation program shown in this slide set. It also serves as a field guide to many of the other plants and animals found in the sanctuary.

Mitchell, Andrew. Vanishing Paradise. Woodstock, MY: Overland Press, 1990.

  • In a series of striking photographs gathered over a 10-year period, and described by zoologist Mitchell, photographers Stephen Dalton and George Bernard show us what can be found in just one hectare of Amazonian rainforest.

Ranger Rick’s Naturescope: Endangered Species: Wild and Rare. Washington DC: National Wildlife Federation, 1989.

  • This publication is designed to help students learn the importance of studying endangered species — how crucial habitat protection is, and what the consequences might be if habitat destruction continues at its present rate. The illegal animal trade is also discussed. This book includes photos, drawings and suggested activities.

Time-Life Books, ed. Vanishing Species. New York: Time-Life Books, 1974.

  • Shows in large, colorful pictures, endangered mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and birds.

Tudge, Colin. Last Animals At The Zoo: How Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1992.

  • Explains how zoos are involved in a conservation strategy to breed endangered animals in captivity, with the hope of one day returning them to the wild.


Amazon, The Flooded Forest. Produced by the National Geographic Society and WQED, Pittsburgh. Distributed by the National Geographic Society, Washington, DC. (VHS; col., sd.; 57 min.: 1990)

  • The Amazon Basin is one of the last great wetland frontiers with a vast variety of wildlife including many primate species like the rare white bald uakari, howler monkey and pygmy marmoset. Much of this video shows the lives of the peasants who survive from the abundance of food provided by the Amazon River, and the interference of those who would upset the Amazon ecosystem through the developmnent of farming land and the construction of hydroelectric dams. Recommended for grades 9-12.

At Home… In The Rainforest. Produced by Robin James, Children’s and Educational TV, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Distributed by Landmark Films, 3459 Slade Run Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042, (800) 342-4336 (VHS; col., sd.; 15 min.: 1989)

  • In a program aimed at a young audience, forest ranger Tina Dalton guides the viewer through the multilayers of the tropical rainforest, examining the plant and animal life. Animal species shown include panda snail, opossum, frog, python, various insect species, and the scrub turkey. Plants include the strangler fig and stinging tree, with footage of plants in competition for resources.

Baboon Ecology. Produced by the Dept. of Anthropology and Extension Media Center, University of California – Berkeley. Distributed by the Extension Media Center, UC – Berkeley, 2223 Fulton St., Berkeley, CA 94720.. (VHS; col. sd.; 21 min.: 1962)

  • This video is based on early studies of savanna baboons in Africa. It illustrates the daily life cycle of baboon groups and their interactions with other species that share their habitat. Graphics are used to introduce the concept of home range. Produced for college introductory classes, the program can be used in grades 9-12.

The Environmental Tourist. Produced by the National Audubon Society. Distributed by PBS Video, 1320 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314. (VHS; col., sd.; 58 min.: 1992)

  • This program looks at the problems caused when tourists visit natural areas. It begins with the development of the U. S. National Park System, and the early commercialization of Glacier Park. A look at the Amboseli Park in Kenya shows what happens when the needs of animals, tourists and native peoples clash. The final segment focuses on Belize where eco-tourism is the national policy. A short section on the Community Baboon Sanctuary describes it as an excellent example of how tourism and conservation can go hand-in-hand in developing countries. Recommended for grades 9-12.

Keepers of the Forest. Distributed by Norman Lippman, 7745 Mohawk Pl., St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 725-3313 (VHS, Beta or 3/4″ video; col., sd.; 28 min.: 1986)

  • This film examines agriculture and forestry practices as well as settlement patterns and how they affect the tropical rainforest. Using the example of the farming done by people who live in the Lacondon jungle, the film suggests ways in which people can live in and be supported by the rainforest and establishes that this alternative method may prevent further loss of this ecosystem.

Korup: An African Rainforest. Produced by Phil C. Agland, Partridge Films Lts., 38 Mill Lane, London NW6 1NR UK, and World Wildlife Fund. Distributed by Anthony Morris London Ltd., 6 Goodwin’s Court, St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4LL UK. (VHS, Beta, or 16mm film, col., sd.; 55 min.: 1981)

  • This film documents the life of an African rain forest in Cameroon and the escalating dangers to its survival. Close-up photography shows primate feeding, as well as birds’ and insects’ social behavior. The interrelationship of the multitude of life forms making up the forest community are shown in detail. Recommended for grades 6 and up.

Saving the Gorilla. Produced and distributed by the National Geographic Society, Washington DC (VHS; col., sd.; 23 min.: 1982)

  • This video shows the international conservation efforts of zoos and several individuals to prevent the extinction of the lowland (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei). It provides a look at the beginnings of the mountain gorilla project described in the Conservation slide set.

Species Survival Plan. Produced by Bill Loessberg, Denver Zoological Foundation. (VHS; col., sd.; 31 min.: 1988)

  • The Species Survival Plan is a national collaboration of zoos through the American Association of Zoos, Parks and Aquariums to “build an ark” that will aid in the preservation of 500-1000 species, outlining the strategy and rationale for captive breeding programs and the role of zoos in saving endangered species.

The Tropical Rainforest. Produced by FR3 and Elois Productions. Distributed by the Films for the Humanities, Box 2053, Princeton, NJ 08540 (VHS; col., sd.; 27 min.: 1991)

  • This program looks at the ecosystem of the rainforest: the height of the trees and the adaptation of leaves to heavy rainfall; the richness and variety of plant and animal life and their ecological roles; and the unique insect life of the tropical forest.

The Vanishing Forest: The Crisis of Tropical Deforestation. Produced and distributed by Knowledge Unlimited, PO Box 52, Madison, WI 53701, (800) 356-2303 (filmstrip, cassette, illustrated guide: 1987)

  • Tropical rain forests used to cover about 12 percent of the land surface of the earth. Today, the figure is closer to 7 percent. Yet these forests contain more than half the world’s plant and animal species. Rain forests are rapidly falling before the saws and bulldozers of logging companies, miners, farmers and ranchers. This program tells the story of the rain forests, the threats they face, and the efforts to save them. Recommended for grades 4 and up.

Wildlife Trade Education Kit. Written by Lynne C. Hardie. Produced and distributed by TRAFFIC U.S.A., Washington D.C. (79 color slides, with text: 1981)

  • This kit was developed to assist educators in raising awareness about wildlife trade, to understand how trade endangers wildlife and why laws and law enforcement alone cannot solve the problem, and to realize how they can help by making wise purchasing selections

Wilds of Madagascar. Produced by Partridge Films for the National Geographic Society. Distributed by the National Geographic Society, Washington DC. (VHS; col., sd.; 50 min.: 1989)

  • Zoologist Phil Chapman heads a conservation project to declare the Ankarena plateau in northern Madagascar as a national park. Among the animals found in this region are several species of lemurs, a family of primates found only in Madagascar. The impact of slash-and-burn agriculture on the remaining forests of Madagascar is shown.