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There is a National Park in Uganda. It is called Bwindi National Park. The park is a protected area. It is protected because it is home to endangered animals. The park is home to around 600 mountain gorillas. There are only about 1000 mountain gorillas in the world. The gorillas are protected to stop them from going extinct.

Bwindi park said there has been a “baby boom” of gorillas this year. So far there have been seven new baby gorillas this year. Last year, there were only three new baby gorillas. Workers at the park are not sure why so many babies have been born this year. People are excited because there are so few mountain gorillas in the world.

People can visit the gorillas in Bwindi park. The park had to stop visits because of the coronavirus. They are now starting them again. They are trying to be very careful. Workers at the park are worried that the gorillas could contract Covid-19. Visitors will have to wear masks when they visit the gorillas. Because of the protections, the gorillas are in less danger than they were a few years ago.

Protect (v): To keep someone or something safe.

Endangered (adj): At risk of becoming extinct.

Extinct (adj): No longer exists, all be gone.

Boom (n): A time of great success.

Contract (v): To catch or develop a disease.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Protect A. Success
 2. Endangered B. Keep safe.
 3. Extinct C. Catch a disease.
 4. Boom D. Gone
 5. Contract E. At risk.

True or False?

1. Bwindi National Park is a protected area. T / F

2. There are more than 5,000 mountain gorillas in the world. T / F

3. Last year, there were 20 new baby gorillas. T / F

4. The park had to stop visits because of the coronavirus. T / F

5. Workers are worried about Covid-19. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. a / is / protected / The / park

2. only / mountain gorillas / There / are / about / 1000

3. year / there / three / only / Last / were / new

4.  the / Workers / are / park / at / not / sure

5.  to / visits / The / had / park / stop

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

MasksCarefulGorillas
BabiesProtectedMountain

There is a National Park in Uganda. It is called Bwindi National Park. The park is a protected area. It is (1)___________ because it is home to endangered animals. The park is home to around 600 mountain gorillas. There are only about 1000 (2)__________ gorillas in the world. The gorillas are protected to stop them from going extinct.

Bwindi park said there has been a “baby boom” of (3)__________ this year. So far there have been seven new baby gorillas this year. Last year there were only three new baby gorillas. Workers at the park are not sure why so many (4)__________ have been born this year. People are excited because there are so few mountain gorillas in the world.

People can visit the gorillas in Bwindi park. The park had to stop visits because of the coronavirus. They are now starting them again. They are trying to be very (5)__________. Workers at the park are worried that the gorillas could contract Covid-19. Visitors will have to wear (6)_________ when they visit the gorillas. Because of the protections, the gorillas are in less danger than they were a few years ago.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you ever seen a baby gorilla?
5. Would you like to visit a conservation park like Bwindi?
6. Are there any animal conservation parks in your country?
7. Are there any endangered animals in your country?
8. What is your favourite animal? Why?
9. How can endangered animals be better protected?
10. What do you think about the 11 year sentence for the person who killed Rafiki?
11. Should places with primates allow visitors during the coronavirus pandemic?
12. Should there be more places in the world that are only for animals?
13. How important is it to protect animals?
14. Are zoos good or bad for animals?
15. What do you think about hunting non-endangered animals?
16. Are there any dangerous animals in your country?
17. Is it easy to find wild animals where you live?
18. Does you country have a lot of nature?
19. What animal have you never seen that you would like to see?
20. How can people be educated about protecting animals?