The 3rd of March is World Wildlife Day, which was created to promote more awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants, as well as the issues related to wildlife such as endangered species and destruction of natural habitats. This is an important subject because of how quickly humans are changing the planet, and the huge threat it poses to natural ecosystems. I’ve included some links to help you with speaking about wildlife in English.

There was a good documentary series I saw recently that looked at this in more detail, called Blue Planet 2. You can see a trailer with English subtitles below. It’s a great documentary and it’s fascinating to see all the different creatures that live in the deepest parts of the ocean, but at the same time it’s poignant because global warming is causing the sea temperature to increase and this is destroying coral reefs that support so much sea life.

I also included some other reading and listening links that are particularly useful for building your vocabulary to talk about animals and wildlife conservation. This will be particularly good if you’re doing IELTS because it’s one of the potential speaking topics. One of the things I like most about living in Donegal is being able to see plenty of different wild animals; you can foxes, deer, seals, puffins and a lot of different bird species where I live. However, you can read in one of the articles below that a lot of animals here are seriously endangered or have already been completely wiped out, due to things like hunting, deforestation, the arrival of foreign diseases, and poisoning by chemicals used in industry and farming.

There is also a song below called ‘As the Crow Flies’, which is based on an English idiom. When we say the distance “as the crow flies,” we mean the shortest, most direct route between two places. For example, it’s 10km between mine and my cousin’s house as the crow flies; if I was using the roads, the distance would be more than 15km. But if I took a direct route like a crow would flying, walking through mountains and fields and swimming through rivers, the actual distance would be much shorter.

Conversation questions for speaking about wildlife in English

  • What effects do you think humans have on wild animals?
  • What measures could we take to protect wildlife?
  • Is it the responsibility of schools to teach children about protecting wildlife?
  • Are there any endangered animals where you live? And are there measures to protect them?
  • What is a common wild animal where you live?

 

Reading

Animal conservation

Endangered animals in Ireland

 

Listening

 

Music

 

As the crow flies, baby
Will I ain’t so far from you
As the crow flies, baby
Will I ain’t so far from you
But since I don’t have wings
I can’t get home as fast as I want to
As the crow flies, baby
Will I ain’t so far from you
As the crow flies, baby
Will I ain’t so far from you
But since I don’t have wings
I can’t get home as fast as I want to
In a dream last night
Where I heard you call my name
In a dream last night
Where I heard you call my name
Well, I took it as an omen
And I jumped on the very first weight train
Yeah, as the crow flies
Well, you don’t know baby
How I miss you sweet caress
Well, you don’t know baby
How I miss you sweet caress
When I’m in your lovin’ arms
I swear I make my very best
As the crow flies, baby
That’s how I’m on my way
As the crow flies, baby
I’m on my way
But don’t stop runnin’
I can get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day
Get home for the break of day

 

 

 

See the previous post here about World Day of Social Justice.

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