IELTS Cue Card Sample 210 - Describe an interesting animal

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an interesting animal.

You should say:

  • what is it
  • how you know about this animal
  • where they are found

and describe what facts about this animal do you find 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:
The elephant is the largest land animal and in my opinion, is a very interesting animal. In my childhood, I saw some of the elephants that their owners brought to show to the public and later on, I learned about this animal from different TV programmes and the internet. 

The elephants are found in many countries in Asia and Africa including Thailand, Some parts of Australia, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They are wild animals and are found in forests and hill areas. There are many interesting facts about this animal and some of them are really unique. First of all this animal is the largest species alive who live in the land area. They are bigger in size and a baby elephant is usually 3 feet tall and weight almost 200 pounds or over 90 kg.  The largest elephant on record was more than 13 feet and was more than 10,000 kg which is significantly higher than any other land-living animal.  
Secondly, they are very aborigines animal and there is evidence that there were 6-7 elephant species during the Ice Age in North America and Eurasia. The wrinkled skins of elephants help them regulate the temperature and humidity. It helps them retain 5-10 times more water than a smooth skinned animal. This wrinkled skin also helps them cooling down their body temperature by losing more heat. Another interesting fact about elephant is that the herd of the elephants is usually led by a female elephant. Interestingly the tie of the elephant herd is so strong that they mourn when a member dies.  
A matured elephant eats around 170 kg foods and 80 litres of water and this amount increases in the rainy season when an elephant eats more than 200 kg foods. Elephants can walk almost noiselessly because of the soft cushions they have under their foot. Finally, elephants are social animals and they live in a herd. They obey the rules and responsibilities of their society and the mother elephants teach the baby elephants about the rules and responsibilities much like the humans do.      

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

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

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

Q. Why do people have pets in their homes?

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

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

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

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


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