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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 7 March 2011

Lions in crisis

Level: Upper intermediate / B2

Here is another item from Wildlife Extra. This is good site for environmental articles. You can sign up for free and get a weekly or monthly email with all the latest news.

Read this article about lions and answer the questions.

1 How big was the lion population in 1980?

2 In how many countries do lions live?

3 Which country imports the most lion parts and trophies?

4 Apart from hunting for trophies and body parts, the article lists 4 other threats to lions. What are they?

5 What is Richard Benyon's job?

And a bonus question - what is the spelling mistake in the middle of the article?!

What do you think about the trade in animal body parts and trophies?
What can be done about it?

Answers below!


1 76,000
2 27
3 The USA
4 loss of habitat, loss of prey, diseases, retaliatory killings
5 UK Minister for Biodiversity

Got them all?!

1 comment:

  1. Overlooked the typo at first!! My mind corrected it automatically :)