Endangered Species Awareness Poster

Checkout the 2020 Winners and Runner Ups

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. 


North Carolina Zoo Endangered Species Postcard 2020

Printable 5x7 postcards in PDF of winners and runner ups


Endangered Species Awareness Contest

The North Carolina Zoo invites all North Carolina, K-12 grade students to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to increasing awareness of endangered species by participating in the Endangered Species Awareness Contest.


An endangered species is an animal or plant that is in danger of becoming extinct, meaning it would no longer be alive on our Earth. There are more than 1,000 animal species endangered worldwide. North Carolina alone has 28 endangered plant and animal species. There are many reasons why a species may become endangered, including habitat destruction, introduced species, disease, pollution, animal trade, population, and the list goes on. But remember, endangered means there is still time!


2020 Endangered Species Poster Contest Winners and Runners Up

2021 COMPETITION DETAILS!             


Who Can Enter?

This competition is open any rising K-12 grade students.

Please read the contest rules carefully as only artwork that meets the contest rules will be considered, but if you have a question about whether your species or type of artwork meets the below criteria, please do not hesitate to contact us at schoolprograms@nczoo.org.

Artwork Specifications

  • Artwork must highlight a plant or animal listed as endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List (http://www.iucnredlist.org/search). You can use the filter to the left of the webpage to help narrow down your results.
    • For example, we usually hear all elephants are endangered but only Asian Elephants are listed as such by the IUCN Red List. African elephants are listed as Vulnerable and would not qualify for this contest (even though we love them and they do need to be protected!).
    • If you would like to choose tiger as your species, please refrain from representing white tigers as they are a not a specific species.
  • Participants must design an 8½” x 11” “poster” containing a picture and a message about one endangered species. Keep the message creative and concise (see examples below). Please include the name of the species on the front of the poster as well, all other information goes on the entry form.
  • The poster may be designed on any kind of paper (this includes card stock) and in any medium including collage, free-hand drawing, paint, charcoal or pencil. It is best to protect artwork using chalk, charcoal, and pastel as to prevent smearing and smudging.
  • Photography, 3D designs, and computer-generated images are excluded unless your participant draws/writes on the computer using a graphics, pen, or digital art tablet. Entries on canvas, glass, wood, or anything other than paper/cardstock will not be accepted.
  • Only the original poster can be submitted into the competition, no photocopies. Once we get the poster, it cannot be returned so please take a picture or copy of it to keep for yourself.
  • Parents or teachers may assist young children with writing down the message on their poster, but the message must be the child’s own thoughts.

Submitting Entries

Complete an entry form and attach it to the back of the original artwork with a paperclip. Artwork that is packed and wrapped flat helps alleviate wrinkles and keeps it looking the best.

Send your posters and entry form to the following address:

Endangered Species Awareness Competition

NC Zoo Education Division

4401 Zoo Parkway

Asheboro, NC 27205



Posters must be postmarked on or before December 4th, 2020 and winners will be notified by email in January 2021 with the official Zoo announcement in February 2021.

Judging Procedure

The posters will be grouped in one of the following four grade categories:

  • Division 1 – Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
  • Division 2 – 3rd – 5th Grade
  • Division 3 – 6th – 8th Grade
  • Division 4 – 9th – 12th Grade

Posters will be judged by a committee of zoo staff and based on the criteria listed below.

Judging Criteria

  1. Awareness and empowerment
  2. Creativity and originality
  3. Legibility
  4. Accuracy


One winner will be chosen in each division. The winners will have their artwork turned into postcards and given to visitors as a way to promote awareness as well as a swag bag including: a pack of postcards of their winning artwork, a family membership to the zoo for a year, assorted North Carolina Zoo goodies, and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork painted by one of our animal ambassadors.

For more information on the Endangered Species Poster Competition, email or Phone 336.879.7718 or toll free 1.800.488.0444 ext. 7718


Entry Form


North Carolina Zoo Endangered Species Postcard 2020

Printable 5x7 postcards in PDF of winners and runner ups

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Printable 8 1/2 x 11 poster in PDF

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