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Koalas at risk

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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.

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.

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How did you do?

1

plunge

2

dwindling

3

beloved

4

strikes

5

threatened