The Reading / Listening - Black Rhinos - Level 5

Conservationists are happy after a rise in the numbers of African black rhinos. The rhinos had been poached to a level of near extinction. Efforts to protect them have worked. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at risk of extinction. Conservationists are hopeful their numbers will keep growing. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This number rose to 5,630 in 2018. This is an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over six years. The Union said the increase is a good sign for saving the species.



Big efforts have been made to save the black rhino. These include relocating them to areas with fewer poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproduction, and stronger laws to protect them. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made...and 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 and intensive, proactive population management continue."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Black Rhinos - Level 4 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. a rise in
  2. Efforts to protect them have
  3. Black rhinos are still
  4. at risk of
  5. hopeful their numbers will
  6. This number rose
  7. an increase of 2.5% per year
  8. a good sign for saving
  1. to 5,630
  2. endangered
  3. the species
  4. worked
  5. over six years
  6. extinction
  7. the numbers
  8. keep growing

Paragraph 2

  1. efforts have been made to save
  2. relocating them to areas with fewer
  3. a better male-to-female
  4. a testament to the immense
  5. a powerful reminder that conservation
  6. poaching and illegal trade remain acute
  7. ongoing anti-poaching
  8. proactive population
  1. works
  2. the black rhino
  3. management
  4. ratio
  5. measures
  6. poachers
  7. threats
  8. efforts made

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Conservationists are happy (1) ___________________ in the numbers of African black rhinos. The rhinos had (2) ___________________ a level of near extinction. Efforts to protect them have worked. Black rhinos are still endangered and (3) ___________________ of extinction. Conservationists are hopeful their numbers (4) ___________________. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This (5) ___________________ 5,630 in 2018. This is an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over six years. The Union said the increase is a (6) ___________________ saving the species.

Big (7) ___________________ made to save the black rhino. These include relocating them to areas with fewer poachers, (8) ___________________ male-to-female ratio to aid reproduction, and stronger laws to protect them. The Union said: "The continued (9) ___________________ a testament to the immense efforts made... (10) ___________________ reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room for complacency as poaching and illegal (11) ___________________ threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching (12) ___________________, proactive population management continue."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ConservationistsarehappyafterariseinthenumbersofAfricanblackrhi
nos.Therhinoshadbeenpoachedtoalevelofnearextinction.Effortstopr
otectthemhaveworked.Blackrhinosarestillendangeredandareatrisk
ofextinction.Conservationistsarehopefultheirnumberswillkeepgrowi
ng.TheInternationalUnionforConservationofNaturereportedthatthe
rewere4,845blackrhinosinAfricain2012.Thisnumberroseto5,630in2
018.Thisisanincreaseof2.5percentperyearoversixyears.TheUnionsa
idtheincreaseisagoodsignforsavingthespecies.Bigeffortshavebeen
madetosavetheblackrhino.Theseincluderelocatingthemtoareaswith
fewerpoachers,ensuringabettermale-to-femaleratiotoaidreproduct
ion,andstrongerlawstoprotectthem.TheUnionsaid:"Thecontinuedsl
owrecoveryisatestamenttotheimmenseeffortsmade...andapowerful
reminderthatconservationworks."Itadded:"Thereisnoroomforcomp
lacencyaspoachingandillegaltraderemainacutethreats.Itisessentialt
hattheongoinganti-poachingmeasuresandintensive,proactivepop
ulationmanagementcontinue."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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