Koalas at risk

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Koalas have been listed as a threatened species in some parts of Australia

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A beloved symbol of Australia.

Koalas have been listed as a threatened species in some parts of the country after a plunge in the wild population.

Habitat loss, urban expansion, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and disease have contributed to their dwindling numbers.

Estimates on koala numbers vary but some studies suggest there are fewer than 80,000 koalas left in the wild.

Vocabulary:

beloved - that people like a lot

threatened - likely to become endangered

plunge - sudden fall in number

strikes - collisions with vehicles

dwindling - falling

Exercise:

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

beloved / threatened / plunge / strikes / dwindling

1. But only weeks later, the cheers and smiles turned to tears as the decision accelerated Argentina's ________ into the worst economic crisis of its history.

2. Conservationists hailed the move as a way to protect Equatorial Africa's endangered animals and ________ forests.

3. A husband is auctioning off his late wife's ________ collection of designer handbags for charity.

4. There are no globally-collated figures for iceberg ________ , but they happen every year.

5. Polar bears are listed as ________ under the US Endangered Species Act.

Answers:

1. But only weeks later, the cheers and smiles turned to tears as the decision accelerated Argentina's plunge into the worst economic crisis of its history.

YPF nationalisation: Is Argentina playing with fire?

کلیک http://bbc.in/HQF7Od

2. Conservationists hailed the move as a way to protect Equatorial Africa's endangered animals and dwindling forests.

Gabon: Surfing hippos, lacking tourists

کلیک http://bbc.in/ygha7O

3. A husband is auctioning off his late wife's beloved collection of designer handbags for charity.

Rare Hermes bag among wife's collection being auctioned for charity

کلیک http://bbc.in/IdFxS2

4. There are no globally-collated figures for iceberg strikes, but they happen every year.

Titanic threat: Why do ships still hit icebergs?

کلیک http://bbc.in/GAcHro

5. Polar bears are listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.

DNA reveals polar bear's ancient origins

کلیک http://bbc.in/IauDtQ

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