The Reading / Listening - Black Rhinos - Level 6

Conservationists have quiet cause for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers of the animals in the wild have risen by several hundred. The rhinos had been poached to a level of near extinction, but efforts to protect them have paid dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at risk of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will continue to grow. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This number rose to around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers bode well for saving the species.



A lot of effort has been put into saving the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts into areas less frequented by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger legislation to protect the species. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries 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, with support from national and international actors."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Black Rhinos - Level 4  or  Black Rhinos - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. RHINOS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rhinos. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       conservationist / celebration / rhino / extinction / endangered / risk / species /
       effort / beasts / poachers / reproductive / legislation / illegal trade / management
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SAVED: Students A strongly believe many species will be saved over the next decade; Students B strongly believe this is not true.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ENDANGERED: How can we better protect these species? Will this happen? Why (not)? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Species

Better Protection

Will This Happen?

Why (Not)?

Polar bear

 

 

 

Panda

 

 

 

Condor

 

 

 

Bluefin tuna

 

 

 

Butterflies

 

 

 

Turtles

 

 

 

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5. CELEBRATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "celebration". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CONSERVATION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best conservation methods at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Prison for poachers
  • Education
  • No logging
  • Less pollution
  • Reverse climate change
  • Prison for fur traders
  • Breeding programmes
  • CCTV

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. celebration a. Benefits from an action or policy.
      2. poached b. The action of doing something fun for an important event or occasion.
      3. extinction c. The action of a whole group of animals or plants dying out forever.
      4. dividends d. Show signs of something good happening in the future.
      5. endangered e. A group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or breeding.
      6. bode well f. Illegally hunted or caught fish or animals that are officially protected.
      7. species g. Of a species seriously at risk of extinction (dying out).

    Paragraph 2

      8. relocating h. Related to having babies or young.
      9. beasts i. Experienced to a severe or intense degree.
      10. proactive j. Extremely large or great, especially in scale or degree.
      11. reproductive k. Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.
      12. testament l. Something that serves as a sign or evidence of a specified fact, event, or quality.
      13. immense m. Moving to another area.
      14. acute n. Animals.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Conservationists are having a party for the African black rhino.     T / F
  2. African black rhino numbers have increased by over 1,000.     T / F
  3. African black rhinos are now no longer endangered.     T / F
  4. African black rhino numbers rose by 2.5% for six years.     T / F
  5. Conservationists have created a better mix of male and female rhinos.    T / F
  6. Rhino numbers have gone up without the help of new laws.     T / F
  7. Conservationists say no one should be complacent.     T / F
  8. A conservationist group wants stage actors to help the rhinos.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. cause
  2. poached
  3. dividends
  4. endangered
  5. bode well
  6. frequented
  7. legislation
  8. immense
  9. acute
  10. measures
  1. at risk
  2. actions
  3. visited
  4. huge
  5. hunted illegally
  6. laws
  7. reason
  8. severe
  9. benefits
  10. show promise

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Conservationists have quiet cause
  2. rhinos had been poached to a level
  3. efforts to protect them have paid
  4. Black rhinos are still
  5. the numbers bode well for
  6. areas less frequented
  7. better male-to-female ratio to aid
  8. a powerful reminder that
  9. There is no room
  10. ongoing anti-
  1. by poachers
  2. poaching measures
  3. saving the species
  4. reproductive success
  5. conservation works
  6. for celebration
  7. for complacency
  8. dividends
  9. of near extinction
  10. endangered

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
extinction
continue
species
risk
bode
cause
several
reported

Conservationists have quiet (1) ____________ for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers of the animals in the wild have risen by (2) ____________ hundred. The rhinos had been poached to a level of near (3) ____________, but efforts to protect them have paid dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at (4) ____________ of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will (5) ____________ to grow. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (6) ____________ that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This number rose to around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers (7) ____________ well for saving the (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
reproductive
powerful
support
saving
recovery
essential
beasts
poaching

A lot of effort has been put into (9) ____________ the black rhino. These include relocating the (10) ____________ into areas less frequented by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid (11) ____________ success, and stronger legislation to protect the species. The Union said: "The continued slow (12) ____________ is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries and a (13) ____________ reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room for complacency as (14) ____________ and illegal trade remain acute threats. It is (15) ____________ that the ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive population management continue, with (16) ____________ from national and international actors."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Conservationists have quiet ______ celebration
     a.  case for
     b.  clause for
     c.  claws for
     d.  cause for
2)  The numbers of the animals in the wild have ______ hundred
     a.  risen by several
     b.  arisen by several
     c.  riser by several
     d.  rise by several
3)  The rhinos had been poached to a level ______
     a.  of neared extinction
     b.  of nears extinction
     c.  of nearly extinction
     d.  of near extinction
4)  Black rhinos are still endangered and are ______ extinction
     a.  at risked of
     b.  at risks of
     c.  at risk of
     d.  at risky of
5)  The Union said the numbers ______
     a.  bode well
     b.  bade well
     c.  bide well
     d.  bade well

6)  These include relocating the beasts into areas less ______
     a.  frequent it by poachers
     b.  frequently by poachers
     c.  frequented by poachers
     d.  frequents by poachers
7)  The continued slow recovery is a testament to the ______
     a.  immerse efforts made
     b.  immense effects made
     c.  immense efforts made
     d.  immense efforts make
8)  complacency as poaching and illegal trade ______
     a.  remain accurate threats
     b.  remain all cute threats
     c.  remain a cute threats
     d.  remain acute threats
9)  ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive ______
     a.  population manage meant
     b.  population man management
     c.  population manage mint
     d.  population management
10)  with support from national and ______
     a.  international reactors
     b.  international actuates
     c.  international actors
     d.  international factors

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Conservationists have (1) ___________________ celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers of the animals in the wild have (2) ___________________ hundred. The rhinos had been poached to a level of near extinction, but efforts to protect them (3) ___________________. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at risk of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their (4) ___________________ to grow. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This (5) ___________________ around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers (6) ___________________ saving the species.

A lot of effort has been (7) ___________________ the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts into (8) ___________________ by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger legislation to (9) ___________________. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries and (10) ___________________ that conservation works." It added: "There is no room for complacency as (11) ___________________ trade remain acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive population management continue, with (12) ___________________ and international actors."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say conservationists have quiet cause for?
  2. How many more hundreds of African black rhino are there now?
  3. What have protection efforts paid?
  4. When were there 4,845 African black rhinos in Africa?
  5. What did a conservation union say bodes well for the rhino's survival?
  6. Who are areas less frequented by in areas rhinos now live?
  7. What ratio was made better?
  8. What did the union say worked?
  9. What did the union say there was no room for?
  10. Who did the union say we needed support from?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say conservationists have quiet cause for?
a) whispering
b) a party
c) a safari
d) celebration
2) How many more hundreds of African black rhino are there now?
a) 800
b) several hundred
c) 700
d) 724
3) What have protection efforts paid?
a) workers
b) money
c) dividends
d) in kind
4) When were there 4,845 African black rhinos in Africa?
a) 2012
b) 2014
c) 2013
d) 2011

5) What did a conservation union say bodes well for the rhino's survival?
a) poachers
b) safari parks
c) numbers
d) no lions

6) Who are areas less frequented by in areas rhinos now live?
a) guides
b) poachers
c) tourists
d) trophy hunters
7) What ratio was made better?
a) the hunter-poacher ratio
b) the rhino-lion ratio
c) the bush-tree ratio
d) the male-to-female ratio
8) What did the union say worked?
a) conservation
b) actors
c) hunters
d) guides
9) What did the union say there was no room for?
a) more rhino
b) lions
c) complacency
d) safaris

10) Who did the union say we needed support from?
a) hunters
b) national and international actors
c) guides
d) safari parks

Role play

Role  A – CCTV
You think CCTV is the best way to protect endangered species. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): education, no logging or prison for poachers.

Role  B – Education
You think education is the best way to protect endangered species. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): CCTV, no logging or prison for poachers.

Role  C – No Logging
You think no logging is the best way to protect endangered species. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): education, CCTV or prison for poachers.

Role  D – Prison for Poachers
You think prison for poachers is the best way to protect endangered species. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): education, CCTV or no logging.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'black'

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  • and 'rhino'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • quiet
    • level
    • still
    • hopeful
    • grow
    • well
    • saving
    • aid
    • slow
    • room
    • essential
    • actors




    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 - Black Rhinos

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'rhino'?
    3. How important is conservation?
    4. How good is this news?
    5. What do you know about rhinos?
    6. What more can we do to help protect rhinos?
    7. Why are animals and plants becoming extinct?
    8. Do you think the black rhino will survive?
    9. What other species should we help?
    10. What do you think of rhinos?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'conservation'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How effective is conservation?
    5. What do you think of poachers?
    6. What punishment should we give doctors?
    7. What laws are needed to protect endangered species?
    8. What can we do about the illegal trade in endangered animals?
    9. What would you say to poachers?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the conservationists?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Conservationists have (1) ____ cause for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers of the animals in the (2) ____ have risen by several hundred. The rhinos had been (3) ____ to a level of near extinction, but efforts to protect them have paid dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are (4) ____ risk of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will continue to (5) ____. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This number rose to around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers (6) ____ well for saving the species.

    A lot of (7) ____ has been put into saving the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts into areas (8) ____ frequented by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger legislation to protect the species. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament (9) ____ the immense efforts made in the countries and a (10) ____ reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room for complacency (11) ____ poaching and illegal trade remain acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive population management continue, with support from national and international (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     quit     (b)     quiet     (c)     quilt     (d)     quite    
    2. (a)     tame     (b)     wild     (c)     outside     (d)     zoo    
    3. (a)     pitched     (b)     perched     (c)     parched     (d)     poached    
    4. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    5. (a)     growth     (b)     grow     (c)     grown     (d)     growl    
    6. (a)     bide     (b)     bade     (c)     bode     (d)     bid    
    7. (a)     effect     (b)     affront     (c)     effort     (d)     affect    
    8. (a)     smaller     (b)     fewer     (c)     less     (d)     no    
    9. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    10. (a)     powered     (b)     powder     (c)     powers     (d)     powerful    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     is     (c)     was     (d)     has    
    12. (a)     reactors     (b)     realtors     (c)     actors     (d)     auctioneers

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. quiet cause for baoreicnetl
    2. The rhinos had been pdceoha
    3. a level of near tonexciitn
    4. ndedreaegn and at risk
    5. rnoisincatosvste are hopeful
    6. the numbers bode well for saving the iceesps

    Paragraph 2

    1. relocating the sestba
    2. aid edrrvetiuopc success
    3. stronger ltogniselia
    4. a tasnmetet to the immense efforts
    5. There is no room for ocnpcamelcy
    6. intensive, pvociaret population management

    Put the text back together

    (...)  extinction, but efforts to protect them have paid dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at
    (...)  population management continue, with support from national and international actors."
    (...)  of the animals in the wild have risen by several hundred. The rhinos had been poached to a level of near
    1  ) Conservationists have quiet cause for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers
    (...)  A lot of effort has been put into saving the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts into areas less
    (...)  to the immense efforts made in the countries and a powerful reminder that conservation
    (...)  remain acute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching measures and intensive, proactive
    (...)  frequented by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger
    (...)  grow. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos
    (...)  risk of extinction, but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will continue to
    (...)  the six years. The Union said the numbers bode well for saving the species.
    (...)  works." It added: "There is no room for complacency as poaching and illegal trade
    (...)  in Africa in 2012. This number rose to around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over
    (...)  legislation to protect the species. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testament

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. dividends   .   protect   to   paid   have   Efforts   them
    3. are   Conservationists   numbers   hopeful   continue   .   will   their
    4. in   to   rose   5,630   number   2018   .   around   This
    5. bode   for   the   species   .   saving   well   The   numbers
    6. saving   Effort   has   put   rhino   .   been   the   into
    7. frequented   into   areas   rhinos   Relocating   less   poachers   .   by
    8. the   made   .   A   to   testament   immense   efforts
    9. acute   threats   .   remain   and   illegal   Poaching   trade
    10. ongoing   is   It   that   anti-poaching   continue   .  essential   measures

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Conservationists have quiet clause / cause for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the African black rhino. The numbers / numerals of the animals in the wild have arisen / risen by several hundred. The rhinos had been poached / parched to a level of near extinction, but efforts to protract / protect them have paid / spent dividends. Black rhinos are still endangered and are at risk of extinction, but conservationists are hoped / hopeful their numbers will continue to growth / grow. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that there were 4,845 black rhinos in Africa in 2012. This number rose at / to around 5,630 in 2018, an increase of 2.5 per cent per year over the six years. The Union said the numbers abode / bode well for saving the species.

    A lot of effort has been put into sieving / saving the black rhino. These include relocating the beasts / beats into areas less frequented by poachers, ensuring a better male-to-female ration / ratio to aid reproductive success, and stronger legislation to protect the species / poachers. The Union said: "The continued slow recovery is a testing / testament to the immense efforts made in the countries and a powerful remainder / reminder that conservation works." It added: "There is no room / hall for complacency as poaching and illegal trade remain acute / cute threats. It is essential that the ongoing anti-poaching treasures / measures and intensive, proactive population management continue, with support from national and international singers / actors."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    conservationists have quiet cause for celebration over a rise in the numbers of the african black rhino the numbers of the animals in the wild have risen by several hundred the rhinos had been poached to a level of near extinction but efforts to protect them have paid dividends black rhinos are still endangered and are at risk of extinction but conservationists are hopeful their numbers will continue to grow the international union for conservation of nature reported that there were 4845 black rhinos in africa in 2012 this number rose to around 5630 in 2018 an increase of 25 per cent per year over the six years the union said the numbers bode well for saving the species

    a lot of effort has been put into saving the black rhino these include relocating the beasts into areas less frequented by poachers ensuring a better maletofemale ratio to aid reproductive success and stronger legislation to protect the species the union said the continued slow recovery is a testament to the immense efforts made in the countries 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 antipoaching measures and intensive proactive population management continue with support from national and international actors

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Conservationistshavequietcauseforcelebrationoverariseinthenumb
    ersoftheAfricanblackrhino.Thenumbersoftheanimalsinthewildhaver
    isenbyseveralhundred.Therhinoshadbeenpoachedtoalevelofnearex
    tinction,buteffortstoprotectthemhavepaiddividends.Blackrhinosare
    stillendangeredandareatriskofextinction,butconservationistsareho
    pefultheirnumberswillcontinuetogrow.TheInternationalUnionforCo
    nservationofNaturereportedthattherewere4,845blackrhinosinAfrica
    in2012.Thisnumberrosetoaround5,630in2018,anincreaseof2.5perc
    entperyearoverthesixyears.TheUnionsaidthenumbersbodewellfors
    avingthespecies.Alotofefforthasbeenputintosavingtheblackrhino.Th
    eseincluderelocatingthebeastsintoareaslessfrequentedbypoachers,
    ensuringabettermale-to-femaleratiotoaidreproductivesuccess,ands
    trongerlegislationtoprotectthespecies.TheUnionsaid:"Thecontinued
    slowrecoveryisatestamenttotheimmenseeffortsmadeinthecountrie
    sandapowerfulreminderthatconservationworks."Itadded:"Thereisn
    oroomforcomplacencyaspoachingandillegaltraderemainacutethreat
    s.Itisessentialthattheongoinganti-poachingmeasuresandintensive,
    proactivepopulationmanagementcontinue,withsupportfromnationa
    landinternationalactors."

    Free writing

    Write about black rhinos for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Poachers should get huge fines and lengthy prison sentences. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. RHINOS: Make a poster about rhinos. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CONSERVATION: Write a magazine article about governments spending double the amount of money on conservation efforts. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on rhinos. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to better protect rhinos. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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