107 Animals

Diana answers questions about her favorite animals at the zoo.


Todd: What do you think about the zoo?

Dianna: I like to go to the zoo. I like to give all the animals names, like "Bert the Giraffe", but I wish the animals didn't have to be in the zoo, but I think it is good when zoos save animals, and help to make their populations grow.

Todd: Yeah, they can do some good things, definitely. Ah, what is your favorite animal?

Dianna: My favorite animal, ooh, let me think. I love cats, just as a pet but, besides I'd pick the coolest animal, I think I would pick probably a monkey.

Todd: A monkey!

Dianna: Yeah.

Todd: Yeah, there's a lot of monkeys in Japan. Have you ever seen a monkey in the wild?

Dianna: No, but my brother is a wild monkey.

Todd: Oh, he's going to have to listen to this now.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson


Zoos save animals.

To 'save' an animal is to protect it from danger or death.  The example says that zoos keep the animals safe from death.  Notice the following:

  1. He saved my life last year.
  2. We need to save more water.


Zoos help to make animal populations grow.

The animal 'population' is the number of animals there are.  We can also use this to talk about the number of humans there are in a city or town.  Notice the following:

  1. What is the population of your city?
  2. The population is increasing every year.


Zoos can do some good things, definitely.

'Definitely' is similar to certainly or for sure.  We use this for something that is a fact.  Notice the following:

  1. He will definitely come to the party.
  2. We can definitely take care of your daughter on Friday night.


I love cats, just as a pet.

A 'pet' is an animal that lives in your house with you.  You care for it and give it food and love.  Notice the following:

  1. He keeps a snake as a pet.
  2. Do you have any pets?

in the wild

Have you ever seen a monkey in the wild?

If an animal is 'in the wild' it is in its natural habitat or home, not in a cage at the zoo.  Notice the following:

  1. Didn't you see a shark in the wild last year?
  2. At the end of our hike we saw a bear in the wild.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
saved • population • definitely
pet • in the wild
  1. Animals act very different than in the zoo.
  2. I've never even had a fish.
  3. The wolf is becoming a big problem for farmers.
  4. We the baby birds after the mother died.
  5. If we don't go away this weekend we will go somewhere next weekend.