The Reading / Listening - Conservation - Level 5

Saving the giant panda from the brink of extinction is hailed as a conservation success story. For decades, the panda has been the symbol for all endangered species and is the logo of the World Wildlife Fund. An international conservation union removed it from the endangered species list in 2016, but it remains "vulnerable". Conservationists fear success for the panda has come at a cost to other mammals sharing its habitat. A study published in a journal found that the snow leopard, wolf and Asian wild dog have disappeared from many areas in which the giant panda lives.



A researcher from Peking University was happy the panda is safer. However, he lamented the fact that this has put some of China's larger, carnivorous mammals at risk. Since panda conservation started in the 1960s, Asian wild dogs have disappeared from 95% of protected reserves, wolves from 77%, and snow leopards from 38%. Research findings "indicate the insufficiency of giant panda conservation for protecting these large carnivore species". It 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 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Saving the giant panda from the brink
  2. hailed as a conservation
  3. the panda has been
  4. endangered
  5. it remains
  6. success for the panda has
  7. A study published
  8. areas in which the
  1. in a journal
  2. species
  3. vulnerable
  4. success story
  5. giant panda lives
  6. of extinction
  7. come at a cost
  8. the symbol

Paragraph 2

  1. happy the panda is
  2. he lamented
  3. put some of China's larger, carnivorous
  4. disappeared from 95% of
  5. research
  6. protecting these large carnivore
  7. the power
  8. effectively sheltered many
  1. findings
  2. of the giant panda
  3. the fact
  4. other species
  5. mammals at risk
  6. safer
  7. protected reserves
  8. species

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saving the giant panda from the (1) ___________________ is hailed as a conservation success story. For decades, the panda has been (2) ___________________ all endangered species and is the logo of the World Wildlife Fund. An international conservation union (3) ___________________ the endangered species list in 2016, but it remains "vulnerable". Conservationists (4) ___________________ the panda has come at a cost to other mammals (5) ___________________. A study published in a journal found that the snow leopard, wolf and Asian wild dog have disappeared from (6) ___________________ which the giant panda lives.

A researcher from Peking University was happy the panda is safer. However, he (7) ___________________ that this has put some of China's larger, (8) ___________________ risk. Since panda conservation started in the 1960s, Asian wild dogs have disappeared from 95% (9) ___________________, wolves from 77%, and snow leopards from 38%. Research (10) ___________________ insufficiency of giant panda conservation for (11) ___________________ carnivore species". It recognised "the power of the giant panda as an umbrella that has effectively (12) ___________________ species".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Savingthegiantpandafromthebrinkofextinctionishailedasaconserva
tionsuccessstory.Fordecades,thepandahasbeenthesymbolforallend
angeredspeciesandisthelogooftheWorldWildlifeFund.Aninternation
alconservationunionremoveditfromtheendangeredspecieslistin201
6,butitremains"vulnerable".Conservationistsfearsuccessforthepan
dahascomeatacosttoothermammalssharingitshabitat.Astudypublis
hedinajournalfoundthatthesnowleopard,wolfandAsianwilddoghave
disappearedfrommanyareasinwhichthegiantpandalives.Aresearche
rfromPekingUniversitywashappythepandaissafer.However,helame
ntedthefactthatthishasputsomeofChina'slarger,carnivorousmamm
alsatrisk.Sincepandaconservationstartedinthe1960s,Asianwilddogs
havedisappearedfrom95%ofprotectedreserves,wolvesfrom77%,an
dsnowleopardsfrom38%.Researchfindings"indicatetheinsufficiency
ofgiantpandaconservationforprotectingtheselargecarnivorespecies
".Itrecognised"thepowerofthegiantpandaasanumbrellathathaseffec
tivelyshelteredmanyotherspecies".

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

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

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Answers

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