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Session 30

The future of the northern white rhino looks bleak after the last known male has died. Neil and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Last male northern white rhino dies

There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world. The last male, called 'Sudan', died on Monday. Only his daugher and granddaughter are left. Neil and Dan bring you the language you need to talk about this story.

Language challenge

Look at this sentence. What does it mean? 'His boss put him down after he made a bad mistake at work.'

a) His boss criticised him publicly.
b) His boss fired him.
c) His boss demoted him to a role with less responsibility.

Watch the video and complete the activity




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The story

The world's last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya, bringing the subspecies to the very brink of extinction.

The 45-year-old rhino was in poor health and was put down on Monday.

His daughter and granddaughter are the only females remaining.

Key words and phrases

put down
kill an old, ill or dangerous animal

has to deal with a bad situation

in doubt
unlikely to continue or succeed

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

a) His boss criticised him publicly.


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