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dateline: 10 June 2014

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1,600 Pandas Arrive At Hong Kong Airport

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • paper mache: an art object formed with paper strips and glue
  • raise awareness: to make more people aware of an issue or problem
  • dwindle: to become smaller in numbers
  • logo: a visual representation of a brand, business, or organization
  • conservation: the protection of nature and wildlife

1,600 Pandas Arrive At Hong Kong Airport

A of 1,600 paper mache pandas arrived at International Airport this week. The pandas are part of a project to raise awareness about the dwindling species. The artwork was created by a French sculptor who used recycled paper, rice, and environmentally friendly paint, and avoided any use of plastic. The pandas have already been to other cities in Europe and Asia, and will travel to various places in Hong Kong to help raise money for conservation . The panda is the logo of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which estimates that only 1,600 giant pandas remain .

  1. What type of pandas arrived in Hong Kong?
  2. What are the pandas made of?
  3. What is the purpose of this display?

Discussion Question: Why do you think the WWF chose a panda for its logo?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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