IELTS Cue Card

Describe an animal which you find interesting

Describe an animal you saw, which you find very interesting.

You should say: 

  • what it is
  • where you saw it
  • what it looks like

and explain why you think it was interesting.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

Animals are the beautiful creations in the world. But most of the animals live in jungles and I had the chance to meet a few of them in the Maryland zoo.

Giraffe is one of the most beautiful African animals and is distinguished from the other animals with its extra ordinary height. There are different types of giraffes are found around the world and the zoo authority has permanently set a living space for one if the special kinds. The living area named Giraffe House is beautifully decorated like their natural habitats and made in such a simple way that the visitors can interact (like feeding or taking pictures) with the giraffes easily. They can feed the giraffes and also could take pictures and the kids are most entertained with the company of the giraffes.

During a weekend visit with my parents at the Maryland zoo, I saw the giraffes. They were amazing, particularly the baby giraffes. The giraffes are located in a corner of the zoo and thus it took much time for us to reach the spot. I have never seen giraffes so closely before and it was a great chance for me to get some clicks with the African beauties. I have also seen the other animals but liked the giraffes most for different reasons.

The giraffes are great to look at and the towering shape of their throat is the most attractive thing. I fed the little one as that was small in size. The large brown spots on its white body were stunning. When I was feeding the little one, another one (might be the mother giraffe) came closer to me. I had to look upwards to get the full view of the giraffe. The legs were thin and it was always chewing something. When I fed the little one, the mother tried to get some acacia leaves but could not reach me for its unusual height.

It was interesting for me as I could not get in touch of the other animals. Besides, the giraffes are not ferocious like the other wild animals. Moreover, the Giraffe House has feeding stations to feed them. When I fed the little one that did not show any unsatisfactory sign rather allowed me to brush its body too. My mother clicked the pictures for me. The majestic skin is adorable and felt smooth when I touched the little one. I wish I could have taken the little one as my pet!

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What kind of animals do people have in their home?

A. Usually pet animals are kept in house for different reasons, especially accompanying the household members. But the range and preference differ from individual to individual. However, small four footed animals like dogs and cats are preferred and popular as pet for homes. Sometimes people also pick rabbits or fancy rats as their pet animals. Further, some of the people prefer birds as their pets too.

Q.Tell me about an animal you saw which is very rare in your home town.

A. There are some rate animals too like guinea pigs. Originated from Andes, the animals do not have any connection with pigs and mostly they are used in laboratories to test different medicines and bring out the result. I have seen one of my neighbors having guinea pigs as her pet which is rare in my home town.

Q. Why do people have pets in their homes?

A. People mostly have pets to get their company. Besides, they are useful for us too in some cases. When a dog sees a stranger, it barks and the home owner becomes aware about the existence of someone else at the home. Besides, cats kill mice and protect the home from different mischief created by the tiny creatures.

Q.Do you think people do not respect animals these days? What about 10 years ago?

A. Currently people have turned more mechanized than they were before. As a result, they cannot pay proper attention to their pets. They do respect the pets but proper attentions are not provided for the hefty workloads. About 10 years back, people used to pass intimate moments with their pets, they used to bath and feed them every day by themselves, played with them but the events are rare or sometimes irregular in the current days.

Q. Earlier people used animals for their work. Now, what do people use to do their work?

A. With the advancing age, everything have become modernized and mechanized. Vehicles have replaced the animals like horse or buffaloes to pull carts or transport goods and men from place to places. Sometimes, they used dogs to hunt animals for meats, but now they are collecting processed meats from stores. Moreover, earlier there were horse races which have been replaced by car racing events. These days people rely on technological devices mostly to have their job done.

Q.Researchers are being conducted on animals, is this a good idea?

A. Studies are on over the animals and I think it will be helpful to generate newer species or will help to sustain the extinct species. More researches should be conducted over the animals as they are the part of our ecology and their improved condition will help maintaining the ecological balance too. Moreover, the wildlife, around the globe, is in danger and the researches will help to discover the ways of their protection. If the researches are continued and the results are implied over the animals, it will be helpful for the animals, human and the entire environment.

Q.So many animals are extinct these days. What do you think about this? Why it is happening?

A. Animals are of great use for us. But there are some people who indiscriminately are hunting down animals which are bad for the environment and for the humans too. Mostly the animals are killed for their skin and horns. Precious products and medicines are made from the animal skins and horns and thus poachers are killing them illegally in the jungles resulting in their extinction. It should be prevented strictly or the species will get lost forever.

Deforestation, new constructions, people’s greed and temperature changes are some of the others reasons many animal species are getting extinct. Global warming is a threat both for human and other species. We should take every measure to reduce the global temperature. Apart from that, hunting of wild animals should be completely banned.

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