Band 9 Speaking Pt.3 – Endangered Animals


1. Do you think governments are doing enough to protect endangered animals?

“No, I definitely don’t. At least not in my country. There are some laws to protect endangered species, but it’s very rare that someone is prosecuted. In fact, many senior members of the government are the people who are responsible for the deaths of these animals because they have the money to buy their body parts, like rhino horn, to use as traditional medicine. Of course, the “medicine” does nothing, but they believe in stupid superstitions rather than science, and then they are the ones who decide the best plan for the future of the country…


2. Why do we have to protect them?

“It’s extremely important to protect them (and the environment in general). Many endangered species play an essential role in the ecosystems they live in, so if they go extinct, there will be some disastrous consequences that we can’t predict. Also, these animals are so strange and varied that they can remind us of the wonder of life and our own delicate place on this planet.”


3. Is it good to keep them in a zoo?

“I think zoos have good sides and bad. On the positive side, they can used to protect some animals that cannot survive in the wild because of human activities, like hunting and habitat destruction. Zoos can be a place where these species can be bred and studied. However, many zoos keep animals in appalling conditions with little room to move about. These animals often suffer from something like depression and would probably be better off dead.”


4. Is their natural habitat affected by people?

“Of course. Humans destroy the natural habitat of animals through deforestation and pollution. Humans need space to live and grow food, but normally these goals are accomplished by leveling forests and jungle with little thought for how it will affect the animals that live there or how it will affect people in the future. Economic development seems to take precedence over environmental protection even though the sustainability of economic progress is dependent on a healthy environment.


  1. Part 3 is normally the most difficult part for IELTS candidates. The questions are more academic and require the use of some advanced vocabulary to be able to answer them well.
  2. Many of the questions are similar to Task 2 essay questions, so it is a good idea to organize your answers like an essay body paragraph.
  3. Try to have a clear main idea in your opening sentence, then develop this idea by answering any questions the listener might have about it. In the above examples, main ideas include “Of course”, “I definitely don’t”, “There are good sides and bad”, and “It’s extremely important”.
  4. Try to include some synonyms for commonly used or repeated words. In the above examples, “positive sides” has been used after “good sides” and “appalling conditions” has been used instead of simply saying “bad conditions”.
  5. Try to include some topic-specific vocabulary. Unfortunately, the only way to develop advanced vocabulary is to read a lot about a range of different subjects. In this post, the topic is “endangered animals” and also “the environment”, so words and phrases like “deforestation”, “critically endangered”, “ecosystems”, and “sustainability” have been used.


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