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dateline: 31 January 2019

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World’s Loneliest Frog Gets Valentine’s Date

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • endangered: at risk of dying off (as a species)
  • species: a related group of living things
  • conservationist: a person who tries to save and protect plants or wildlife
  • expedition: a research trip
  • potential: possible
  • preserve: to save and protect

World’s Loneliest Frog Gets Valentine’s Date

Romeo, an endangered, orange-bellied water frog living at a in Bolivia, has a chance for love this Valentine’s Day. A year ago, his caretakers, who were he might be the last of his species, posted a profile for the frog. This helped inspire conservationists to go on an expedition in search of more frogs of this . Five frogs were found, and scientists think they may have found a potential mate. If all goes as planned, “Juliet” will be to Romeo on Valentine’s Day with the goal of trying to preserve this Bolivian species.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this report mainly about?
  2. What happened last year at this time?
  3. Who is Juliet?

Discussion Question

Do you think humans should attempt to prevent animal extinction, or do you think they should let nature take its course?

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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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