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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Monday, 11 August 2014

World Elephant Day

Level: Intermediate B1

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Tuesday 12th August is World Elephant Day!
But how much do you know about them?

1) How many species of elephant are there?
2) True or false - there are more Asian elephants than African elephants.
3) What is CITES?
4) Which country is the main market for ivory?
5) How long is the gestation period of an elephant? (go to page 2 for this one)

Answers below!


1) Traditionally two, but evidence suggests that there are two species in Africa.
2) False
3) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
4) China
5) Up to two years.

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