Endangered Species Awareness Poster

Endangered Species Awareness Poster 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 Poster 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!


2019 Endangered Species Poster Contest

2020 COMPETITION DETAILS! (see below for 2019 winners)                


Who Can Enter?

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


Poster Specifications

  • Posters 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.
    • Also, if you would like to choose tiger as your species, please refrain from white tigers as they are a genetic mutation and 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 and do not put the child’s name on the front.  
  • 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. Chalk, charcoal, and pastel must be protected to prevent smearing and smudging.
  • Photography, 3D designs, and computer-generated images or text are excluded unless your participant draws/writes on the computer using a graphics, pen, or digital art tablet. Everything must be written and drawn by the participant. Entries on canvas, glass, wood, or anything other than paper 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. We prefer artwork to be packed and wrapped flat to alleviate wrinkles and keep artwork looking its best.

Please read the poster contest rules carefully, as only posters that meet the contest rules will be considered.


Send your posters and entry form to the following address:

Endangered Species Awareness Poster Competition

NC Zoo Education Division

4401 Zoo Parkway

Asheboro, NC 27205



Posters must be postmarked on or before December 2, 2019. Winners will be notified by email in January 2020.


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.

Prizes include: A pack of postcards of their winning artwork, a family membership to the zoo for a year, a swag bag with some North Carolina Zoo goodies, and a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork painted by one of our animal ambassadors.

Sea Turtle Endangered Species Poster

Division 1:  K-2nd Grade

Ryan Ahn

Charlotte, NC

Sea Turtles

Humpback Whale Endangered Poster

Division 2: 3-5th Grade

KyungBin Park

Indian Trail, NC

Humpback Whale


Rusty Patched Bee Endangered Poster

Division 3: 6-8th Grade

Amari Gilmore

Lenoir, NC

Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Black Rhino Endangered Poster

Division 4: 9-12th Grade

Gabrielle Schiltz

Hickory, NC

Black Rhino

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


2020 Entry Form


North Carolina Zoo Endangered Species Poster 2019

Printable 8 1/2 x 11 poster in PDF

North Carolina Zoo Endangered Species Poster 2018

Printable 8 1/2 x 11 poster in PDF