Endangered Felines

Author(s): Brandon Duran
Field Trip - Teacher's Guide
SED 695B; Fall 2005



See Overhead View of EFBC Compound
Link to Map by EFBC

Topics addressed

  • Conservation
  • Endangered Species
  • Human Impact


Description of Field Trip

Ever want to get within 2 meters of a big cat?

Ever seen a cat fish?

Visit EFBC (the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound) and see Bobcats, Cougars, Fishing Cats, Lynx (Siberian, Eurasian and Canadian), Jaguars, Cervals, Amur Leopards, Siberian Tigers (if you have good observation skills) and other big cats. You can get within a few meters of most of the cats.

Purpose of the Compound:

To maintain and build the bloodlines of Endangered Felines


7th Grade



Students know both genetic variation and environmental factors are causes of evolution and diversity of organisms.
3d.   Students know how to construct a simple branching diagram to classify living groups of organisms by shared derived characteristics and how to expand the diagram to include fossil organisms.



Students know that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and that the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient for its survival.




Students know biodiversity is the sum total of different kinds of organisms and is affected by alterations of habitats.



Students know how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of nonnative species, or changes in population size.





Study Guide:

Microsoft Word Version of a group activity that can be done with your students



Scavenger hunt (MS Word version courtesy of Kimberly Blaquera, Volunteer of EFBC) (answers)


Ktusha, an Amur Leopard
Willow, a female Bobcat
Trapper, a Canadian Lynx
Teddy, a Cougar

Nemo, Fishing Cat

picture courtesy of EFBC (see below for link)

References & Links:

EFBC-FCC Home Page: http://www.cathouse-fcc.org/

Links to sites with information on Large Cats:

Other Possible Field Trip Sites:

Wildlife Waystation