Apr 022013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: Governments from around the world have been meeting in Bangkok to talk about how to tackle the problem of the illegal trade in wildlife. This issue is so serious some experts are predicting an extinction crisis.

In this week’s programme, Rob and Feifei discuss the problem. They also look at some of the words and phrases associated with this activity.

This week’s question:

When did the dodo bird become extinct?

a) In the late 1600’s

b) In the late 1700’s

c) In the early 1900’s

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.



hunted: caught and killed
extinct: no longer exists
dead as a dodo: something that no longer exists or works properly
conservation groups: people who work to protect wildlife and nature
slaughter: the killing of animals
seized: something taken by force
poachers: people who illegally catch or kill animals, birds or fish
a transit route: a way for moving goods from one place to another
endangered species: animals (or plants) whose survival is under threat


6 Minute English – Animal species ‘extinction crisis’ Transcript Video


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