A beloved symbol of Australia.
Koalas have been listed as a threatened species in some parts of the country after a plunge in the wild population.
Habitat loss, urban expansion, vehicle strikes, dog attacks and disease have contributed to their dwindling numbers.
Estimates on koala numbers vary but some studies suggest there are fewer than 80,000 koalas left in the wild.
Um símbolo adorado da Austrália.
Coalas foram listados como espécie ameaçada em algumas partes do país após uma queda na sua população selvagem.
Perda de habitat, expansão urbana, atropelamentos, ataques de cães e doenças contribuíram para a redução na população do animal.
As estimativas variam, mas alguns estudos sugerem que há menos do que 80 mil coalas vivendo em liberdade.
beloved - that people like a lot
threatened - likely to become endangered
plunge - sudden fall in number
strikes - collisions with vehicles
dwindling - falling
Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.
beloved / threatened / plunge / strikes / dwindling
1. But only weeks later, the cheers and smiles turned to tears as the decision accelerated Argentina's ________ into the worst economic crisis of its history.
2. Conservationists hailed the move as a way to protect Equatorial Africa's endangered animals and ________ forests.
3. A husband is auctioning off his late wife's ________ collection of designer handbags for charity.
4. There are no globally-collated figures for iceberg ________ , but they happen every year.
5. Polar bears are listed as ________ under the US Endangered Species Act.
Answers: [Make the text after each source: a link using the url below]
1. But only weeks later, the cheers and smiles turned to tears as the decision accelerated Argentina's plunge into the worst economic crisis of its history.
Source: YPF nationalisation: Is Argentina playing with fire?
2. Conservationists hailed the move as a way to protect Equatorial Africa's endangered animals and dwindling forests.
Source: Gabon: Surfing hippos, lacking tourists
3. A husband is auctioning off his late wife's beloved collection of designer handbags for charity.
Source: Rare Hermes bag among wife's collection being auctioned for charity
4. There are no globally-collated figures for iceberg strikes, but they happen every year.
Source: Titanic threat: Why do ships still hit icebergs?
5. Polar bears are listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.
Source: DNA reveals polar bear's ancient origins
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