Exotic animals as pets

Each year, millions of wild animals continue to be trapped around the world, including from South America and Africa, for use in the pet trade. Many die at the time of capture and before reaching the point of sale. The combined impact of habitat destruction means that several species, including parrots and tortoises, are now endangered. Does your class know the needs of different animals and how to be a responsible pet owner?

About the lesson

Pet snakeThis lesson looks at the complex needs of exotic (non-domestic) pets and the responsibility involved in looking after them. This will give students the opportunity to discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events that are of concern and offer their recommendations. They should recognise that animals need the right types and amount of nutrition and that they cannot make their own food; they get their nutrition from what they eat, it is important for them to think carefully about what kind of pet would suit their lifestyle. 

Lesson plan and resources

Key Stage 2. Subject: PSHE, Pets.

Exotic animals as pets lesson plan

Included in this lesson plan:

  • Starter activities
  • Main activities
  • Plenary activities
  • Extension activities
  • Factsheet
  • Images
  • Supporting presentation

Supporting materials