The Reading / Listening - Black Rhinos - Level 4

Conservationists are happy because the number of African black rhinos increased. The rhinos had been poached to near extinction. An international conservation group said there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This rose to 5,630 in 2018 - an increase of 2.5 per cent a year for six years. The increase is a good sign for the future of the species. They are still endangered and at risk of extinction. Conservationists hope numbers will keep growing.



Big efforts have been made to save the black rhino. These include relocating them away from poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio, and stronger laws to protect them. The group said: "The continued slow recovery is a...powerful reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room for complacency as poaching and illegal trade remain acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures...continue."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Black Rhinos - Level 5 or  Black Rhinos - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/19/win-for-conservation-as-african-black-rhino-numbers-rise
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/african-black-rhino-population-endangered-extinction-a9412341.html
  • https://www.metro.news/critically-endangered-african-rhino-numbers-slowly-increasing/1950126/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the number of African black rhinos
  2. rhinos had been poached to near
  3. An international conservation
  4. an increase of 2.5 per cent a
  5. The increase is a good
  6. the future of
  7. at risk
  8. numbers will keep
  1. the species
  2. group
  3. growing
  4. extinction
  5. of extinction
  6. increased
  7. sign
  8. year for six years

Paragraph 2

  1. Big efforts have
  2. relocating them away
  3. ensuring a better male-
  4. stronger laws
  5. a powerful reminder that
  6. There is no room
  7. acute
  8. ongoing anti-
  1. for complacency
  2. to protect them
  3. poaching measures
  4. been made
  5. threats
  6. to-female ratio
  7. conservation works
  8. from poachers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Conservationists are (1) ___________________ number of African black rhinos increased. The rhinos had been (2) ___________________ extinction. An international conservation (3) ___________________ were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This rose to 5,630 in 2018 - (4) ___________________ 2.5 per cent a year for six years. The increase is a good sign for the future (5) ___________________. They are still endangered and at risk of extinction. Conservationists hope numbers (6) ___________________.

Big efforts have been (7) ___________________ the black rhino. These include relocating (8) ___________________ poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio, and (9) ___________________ protect them. The group said: "The continued (10) ___________________ a...powerful reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is (11) ___________________ complacency as poaching and (12) ___________________ acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures...continue."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ConservationistsarehappybecausethenumberofAfricanblackrhinosi
ncreased.Therhinoshadbeenpoachedtonearextinction.Aninternatio
nalconservationgroupsaidtherewere4,845blackrhinosinAfricain201
2.Thisroseto5,630in2018-anincreaseof2.5percentayearforsixyear
s.Theincreaseisagoodsignforthefutureofthespecies.Theyarestillend
angeredandatriskofextinction.Conservationistshopenumberswillke
epgrowing.Bigeffortshavebeenmadetosavetheblackrhino.Theseincl
uderelocatingthemawayfrompoachers,ensuringabettermale-to-fe
maleratio,andstrongerlawstoprotectthem.Thegroupsaid:"Theconti
nuedslowrecoveryisa...powerfulreminderthatconservationworks."I
tadded:"Thereisnoroomforcomplacencyaspoachingandillegaltrader
emainacutethreats.Itisessentialthattheongoinganti-poachingme
asures...continue."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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