green living

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 January, 2009, 12:00am

what you can do

Pandas may be appealing and cute, but it is just as important to preserve other endangered animals, like crows. This is because every species, including humans, serves a unique function in the world. Losing one species may cause others which rely on it, to overpopulate or disappear as a result.

According to the WWF, Hong Kong is home to several endangered species, including:

Napoleon Wrasse

Chinese white dolphin

Green turtles

Black-faced Spoonbill

Reading Comprehension

Answer the questions below based on your comprehension of the two stories

1 How many bird species in Nepal are under threat, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature?

a) 850

b) 31

c) four

d) 85

2 Which of the following is not a rare species living on the mainland, according to the SCMP article?

a) golden snub-nosed monkey

b) tiny jumping spider

c) Tibetan antelope

d) split-tailed snake

3 What provides a natural protective barrier for some animals on the mainland?

a) frequent flooding

b) other animal predators

c) conservation activists

d) mountains


Reading Comprehension: 1. b, 2. d, 3. d

Think About

1 Why do you think endangered rhinos and tigers receive more attention than endangered birds?

2What do you think the BBC's Gavin Maxwell meant when he assumed 'quick, before it all goes'?

3 Should the mainland take the lead in conserving endangered species around the world?