英語で見る: Koalas at risk

From BBC Learning English
Please click here to watch the video.

by Martin Plaut

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.

Homework
After watching the video, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Do you know any animal that is a threatened species in Japan? Why is it threatened?
2. Do you know how people may estimate the population of an animal species? Can you think of some methods?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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