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There is a national park in Uganda called Bwindi National Park. The park is operated by the Ugandan government. It is a protected area for endangered animals. The park is home to many different types of animals, including around 600 mountain gorillas. There are only about 1000 mountain gorillas in the world and they are considered to be endangered animals. The gorillas at Bwindi park are protected by guards to stop them from going extinct. This year, a man got 11 years in prison for killing a gorilla, called Rafiki, in Bwindi park.

Now, Bwindi park says that there has been a “baby boom” of gorillas in 2020. 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 but the number of gorillas at the park has been increasing over the years. The number of gorillas at Bwindi park has doubled since 1997. Still, people are excited for the babies because there are so few mountain gorillas in the world.

People can usually visit the gorillas at Bwindi park but the park had to stop visits recently because of the coronavirus. They are now trying to start them again with small groups of people and lots of safety precautions. Workers at the park are worried that the gorillas could get Covid-19. This is because gorillas are very similar to humans. Visitors to the park will have to wear masks and stay socially distant when they visit the gorillas. Most likely, many people will want to visit the park with the hope of seeing some of the new babies.

Difficult Words

Operate (v): To control something.

Endangered (adj): Being in danger of going extinct.

Recently (adv): Not long ago.

Precaution (n): Something done to keep others safe.

Similar (adj): To share many things the same.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Operate A. At risk.
 2. Endangered B. Safety
 3. Recently C. Same
 4. Precaution D. Control
 5. Similar E. Lately

True or False?

1. The Bwindi National Park is run by a private company. T / F

2. Bwindi is a home for all animals. T / F

3. The gorillas at Bwindi park are protected by guards. T / F

4. Gorillas at Bwindi park have been decreasing over the past few years. T / F

5. The park remained open to visitors during the coronavirus. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1.  the / by / operated / The / Ugandan government / is / park

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

3.  doubled / The / at / of / Bwindi park / has / number / gorillas

4.  the / babies / people / excited / are / Still, / for

5.  usually / visit / can / People / the / gorillas

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English:

GovernmentIncreasingPark
SafetyDistantPrison

There is a national park in Uganda called Bwindi National Park. The park is operated by the Ugandan (1)_______________. It is a protected area for endangered animals. The park is home to many different types of animals, including around 600 mountain gorillas. There are only about 1000 mountain gorillas in the world and they are considered to be endangered animals. The gorillas at Bwindi park are protected by guards to stop them from going extinct. This year, a man got 11 years in (2)_________ for killing a gorilla, called Rafiki, in Bwindi park.

Now, Bwindi (3)________ says that there has been a “baby boom” of gorillas in 2020. 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 but the number of gorillas at the park has been (4)______________ over the years. The number of gorillas at Bwindi park has doubled since 1997. Still, people are excited for the babies because there are so few mountain gorillas in the world.

People can usually visit the gorillas at Bwindi park but the park had to stop visits recently because of the coronavirus. They are now trying to start them again with small groups of people and lots of (5)__________ precautions. Workers at the park are worried that the gorillas could get Covid-19. This is because gorillas are very similar to humans. Visitors to the park will have to wear masks and stay socially (6)____________ when they visit the gorillas. Most likely, many people will want to visit the park with the hope of seeing some of the new babies.

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?