21 | Endangered Species

Today you will learn 5 new English words related to "Endangered Species"

TODAY’S TOPIC: “Endangered Species”

For you as an ESL learner, studying “endangered species” isn't just about learning cool animal facts. It's a powerful way to expand your vocabulary and understanding of important global issues. Plus, discussing these endangered wonders with others helps you practice expressing your opinions and engaging in meaningful conversations in English. Sound intriguing yet? The vocabulary words I have for you today are sure to boost your confidence and allow you to participate in deeper conversations about “endangered species”. Let’s jump right in!


1 | Habitat loss

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The reduction or destruction of an animal's natural environment.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Deforestation and climate change contribute to habitat loss for many species.

    2. Protecting existing habitats is crucial for endangered species survival.

    3. Conservation efforts often focus on restoring degraded habitats.

2 | Poaching

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The illegal hunting or capturing of animals.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The poaching of elephants for their tusks poses a major threat to their survival.

    2. Stricter laws and enforcement are needed to combat poaching activities.

    3. Raising awareness about the dangers of poaching can help deter potential offenders.

3 | Endemic

  • Part of speech: Adjective

  • Definition: Existing only in a particular geographical area.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. The Hawaiian Monk Seal is an endemic species found only in the Hawaiian Islands.

    2. Protecting endemic species is crucial for preserving unique ecosystems.

    3. Habitat loss poses a particular threat to endemic species with limited ranges.

4 | Ecotourism

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: Responsible tourism that respects the environment and local communities.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Ecotourism can provide economic benefits for local communities while promoting conservation efforts.

    2. Choosing ecotourism options minimizes negative impacts on endangered species and their habitats.

    3. Supporting responsible ecotourism operators helps contribute to sustainable conservation practices.

5 | Ecosystem services

  • Part of speech: Noun

  • Definition: The benefits that people derive from natural ecosystems, such as clean air, water purification, and food production.

  • Example Sentences:

    1. Protecting endangered species can help maintain vital ecosystem services.

    2. The loss of biodiversity can have a significant impact on the supply of ecosystem services.

    3. Understanding the value of ecosystem services motivates conservation efforts.


Many unique animals and plants, called endemic species, are found only in specific areas, like islands or mountain ranges. They play a crucial role in keeping their environment healthy by providing important ecosystem services like clean water and pollination. Sadly, many are in danger of disappearing forever. Poaching, the illegal hunting of these animals, threatens their survival, often driven by the desire for their tusks, fur, or other body parts. Additionally, habitat loss, caused by things like deforestation and development, destroys the places they live and feed. While responsible ecotourism can create awareness and support conservation efforts, it's important to choose responsible operators who minimize their impact. Ultimately, protecting these irreplaceable creatures depends on all of us working together to stop poaching and habitat loss. Our choices, from the products we buy to the places we visit, can make a difference for the future of these fascinating species and the health of our planet.

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