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The International Elephant Foundation is committed to creating high-quality, free educational materials for educators. Our hope is to provide a great product that addresses quality, usability, and accessibility for educators.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the International Elephant Foundation collaborated on this educational curriculum that centers on teaching the next generation about elephant conservation.

The Educator’s Guide is designed to be used in both formal and informal settings, and most lessons are divided into Grades 2-3 and 4-6.

The focus for younger grades is to promote enthusiasm and excitement about all things elephant. In grades 4-6, threats to elephants and conservation problem-solving introduces students to issues involving people and wildlife.

Lesson topics include:

  • How are African and Asian elephants alike and different?
  • What do elephants need to survive?
  • What clues do elephants leave behind?
  • Can people live in harmony with elephants?
  • What can I do to save elephants?

Students will come away with a greater understanding of elephants, the challenges they face, and what we can do to help them.

Saving Elephants

An Educators Guide is the complete curriculum and includes information for the educator and all 12 lessons currently available.

Educator’s Guide Table of Contents – Select Downloadable Files Below


Welcome, Elephants & Conservation, Teacher’s Background : Low Res File (2.6Mb) High Res File (199.7Mb) Print

Lesson 1: Grades 2-3
How are African & Asian Elephants alike & different?
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Lesson 2: Grades 4-6
How are mammoths, African & Asian Elephants alike & different?
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Lesson 3: Grades 2-6
Where do elephants Live?
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Lesson 4: Grades 2-3
What is family life like for elephants?
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Lesson 5: Grades 4-6
What do social elephants talk about?
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Lesson 6: Grades 2-3
What do elephants need to survive?
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Lesson 7: Grades 4-6
How much space does an African elephant need to survive?
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Lesson 8: Grades 2-3
What clues do elephants leave behind?
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Lesson 9: Grades 4-6
Can people live in harmony with elephants?
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Lesson 10: Grades 2-3
How do researchers tell elephants apart?
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Lesson 11: Grades 4-6
How are tusks causing the decline in elephant population?
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Lesson 12: Grades 2-6
What can I do to save elephants?
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Full Set: Educator’s Guide : Low Res File (14.4Mb) High Res File (438Mb) Print

Individual lesson supplements referred to in Educator’s Guide

Not all chapters have supplements
(Please note: Educator’s Guide for Lesson Plans and activities can be found at the top section, above).

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Click HERE to Download Entire Lesson Plan Supplements   (54Mb Zipped File)

Additional Resources

Nature in Motion: Live Cameras From Around The World >> CLICK HERE

We welcome your feedback on the Saving Elephants curriculum so that we can continue to update and improve the content and activities. Please submit them here.