The Reading / Listening - Conservation - Level 4

Saving the giant panda from extinction is a conservation success story. The panda is the symbol for endangered species and is the WWF logo. An international conservation union removed it from the endangered species list in 2016. It is still "vulnerable". Conservationists fear the panda's success has come at a cost to other mammals sharing its habitat. A study found that many animals have disappeared from areas where the panda lives.



A researcher was happy the panda is safer. However, he is sad some of China's carnivorous mammals are now at risk. Since panda conservation started in the 1960s, Asian wild dogs have disappeared from 95% of protected areas, wolves from 77%, and snow leopards from 38%. However, the research findings recognised "the power of the giant panda as an umbrella that has effectively sheltered many other species".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Conservation - Level 5 or  Conservation - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53616593
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/03/giant-panda-conservation-efforts-have-harmed-other-mammals-study
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/04/asia/china-panda-conservation-study-intl-hnk-scli-scn/index.html


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. Saving the giant panda from
  2. the WWF
  3. removed it from the endangered
  4. It is still
  5. the panda's success has come
  6. mammals sharing its
  7. many animals have
  8. areas where the
  1. vulnerable
  2. disappeared
  3. logo
  4. panda lives
  5. species list in 2016
  6. at a cost
  7. extinction
  8. habitat

Paragraph 2

  1. A researcher was happy
  2. some of China's carnivorous
  3. now at
  4. Since panda conservation
  5. in the
  6. Asian wild dogs have
  7. the power of the giant panda
  8. sheltered many other
  1. 1960s
  2. risk
  3. as an umbrella
  4. disappeared
  5. the panda is safer
  6. species
  7. started
  8. mammals

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saving the giant panda (1) ____________________ a conservation success story. The panda is the (2) ____________________ species and is the WWF logo. An international conservation (3) ____________________ from the endangered species list in 2016. It (4) ____________________. Conservationists fear the panda's success has come at a (5) ____________________ mammals sharing its habitat. A study found that many animals have disappeared (6) ____________________ the panda lives.

A (7) ____________________ the panda is safer. However, he is sad some of China's carnivorous mammals are (8) ____________________. Since panda conservation started (9) ____________________, Asian wild dogs have disappeared from 95% (10) ____________________, wolves from 77%, and snow leopards from 38%. However, the research findings recognised "(11) ____________________ the giant panda as an umbrella that has effectively sheltered (12) ____________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Savingthegiantpandafromextinctionisaconservationsuccessstory.T
hepandaisthesymbolforendangeredspeciesandistheWWFlogo.Anint
ernationalconservationunionremoveditfromtheendangeredspeciesl
istin2016.Itisstill"vulnerable".Conservationistsfearthepanda'ssucc
esshascomeatacosttoothermammalssharingitshabitat.Astudyfound
thatmanyanimalshavedisappearedfromareaswherethepandalives.A
researcherwashappythepandaissafer.However,heissadsomeofChin
a'scarnivorousmammalsarenowatrisk.Sincepandaconservationstar
tedinthe1960s,Asianwilddogshavedisappearedfrom95%ofprotecte
dareas,wolvesfrom77%,andsnowleopardsfrom38%.However,there
searchfindingsrecognised"thepowerofthegiantpandaasanumbrellat
hathaseffectivelyshelteredmanyotherspecies".

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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