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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Elephant poaching

Level: Advanced / C1

The killing of elephants for ivory is getting worse in Africa. Here is a BBC article about elephant poaching in Kenya (warning - it is not nice to read about).

Read the article and answer the following questions:
1) Across Africa, elephant poaching is at it's highest for how long?
2) When was the international ivory ban introduced?
3) How many elephants were killed in 2011?
4) Which city is the biggest market in Africa for illegal ivory?
5) According to Ian Craig, how long will it be before free-ranging elephants disappear from northern Kenya?

Finally, what do you think we should do about the problem? Please let me know what you think.

Answers below!


1) For 20 years
2) January 1990
3) 25,000
4) Lagos
5) 15 years

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