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Listening Zoos (on RESCOL 2)

(Updated on 25/09/2013)


Related pages :

Animals / Species : Teaching
Animals / Species : Themes



Vocabulary :

Famous zoos :

  • Scales, tails & wings, oh my! The London Zoo counts its animals
    "More than 17,500 animals, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are counted in the annual census at the London Zoo. 
    The count is a compulsory part of the zoo's license and the information is used for managing international breeding programs of endangered animals."


  • Sriracha Tiger Zoo (Thailand)
    "The zoo consists of more than 200 Bengal tigers and 100,000 crocodiles.
    In addition to various kinds of animals, it also provides many activities for tourists to enjoy.
    Visitors can experience natural touch and enjoy the company of tamed animals closely."


  • The Web's Best Zoo Sites (Education World) :
    The San Diego Zoo - ZooWeb - The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Brookfield Zoo...


Maps :

Perth Zoo
- Western Australia
- a video


Old MacDonald's Farm (in Essex)
- with an interactive map



Zoo map
- Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure,



Singapore Zoo


Knoxville Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo


Melbourne Zoo


Central Park Zoo

London Zoo






Signs :



20 Zoo Signs








Facts :

  • Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides - Article + Audio + Video - 29 January 2015
    "Can animals be artistic? Some experts think so. Painting and music are part of efforts to keep animals happy at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zookeepers there believe that animals need enrichment just like people do. Their unique pieces of art are popular items."



  • Safari park imposes dress code to stop visitors scaring the animals - 24 September 2013
    "Chessington World of Adventures zookeepers say fake leopard print and tiger stripes might cause confusion or fear."


    Chessington bans 'baffling' animal print clothing
    "Chessington World of Adventures Resort has hired bouncers to make sure visitors are following the new rule...
    Anyone seen wearing animal print is being supplied with a grey boilers suit by the bouncers...
    Banned prints include zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena and African wild dog."


    Chessington World of Adventures Resort


  • Ukrainian Living with Lions - PHOTOS - UPDATED
    "Zoo owner and artist Aleksandr Pylyshenko looks out from between bars of a cage, next to female African lion Katya, at a private zoo situated
    in his yard in the city of Vasilyevka, southeastern Ukraine August 3, 2011.  Pylyshenko decided to spend five weeks in a cage with a pair of African lions, Katya and Samson, to get money for improving the lions' living conditions, according to local media. He is broadcasting it on internet to attract the public's attention to plight of wild animals in private Ukrainian zoos, which do not get enough fundings."

    MORE information HERE.

  • 20 Cutest ZooBorns On Earth (


  • Animals on the Underground Map
    "is a collection of over 20 animal characters made using only lines, stations and interchange symbols on the London Underground map, created by illustrator Paul Middlewick in 1988. In 2003, the concept was used in a poster campaign by advertising agency McCann-Erickson to promote the London Zoo."



Listening :



Conversation questions :


    • Knut: A polar bear story
      "The death of Knut, the world's most famous polar bear (in Berlin Zoo), has reopened the debate on the ethical minefield of man's relationship
      with wild animals. So should polar bears be kept in zoos, asks Tom de Castella."




  • What are zoos for?
    "A zoo in Germany has refused to help two polar bear cubs who were rejected by their mother and are now believed to have been eaten by her. So if zoos won't help to save the lives of animals, what are they for?"



INTERACTIVE exercises :


Exercises TO PRINT :


Webquests :



Stories :

  • The twins week - an animated story (British Council)
    "Kim and Ken are twins - they are brother and sister, and they were born on the same day! Their father is a zookeeper and they all live at the zoo.
    Kim and Ken spend a lot of time with the animals - they do something different everyday!
    What animals can you see at a zoo? Write a list! Listen to the story and see which animals are in the story."
    + an activity


  • Kate at the Zoo - a Flash story - utilisation de 'would', 'could', 'might' (



Cartoons :

Zoo keeper

In the zoo



Sleeping habits


Games TO PRINT :

  • Word Search Puzzle: Zoo Animals ( - UPDATED


Songs :

  • At the Zoo - sung by Simon and Garfunkel (YouTube)
    - the LYRICS (
    "The monkeys stand for honesty,
    Giraffes are insincere,
    And the elephants are kindly but
    They're dumb.
    Orangutans are skeptical
    Of changes in their cages,
    And the zookeeper is very fond of rum."


  • Going To The Zoo - a song (YouTube)
    - the LYRICS (
    "See the elephant with the long trunk swingin',
    Great big ears and long trunk swingin',
    Snuffin' up peanuts with the long trunk swingin';
    We can stay all day."


Videos :