Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 210 - Describe an interesting animal

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

Describe an interesting animal you know about.

You should say:

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

and describe what facts about this animal do you find most 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 1:
It takes some special courage and passion to learn about animals and be around them. Of course, while I never claim to have such special passion or courage, I find a few animals interesting enough to talk about, and the elephant happens to be just one of them.

I am pretty sure that I don’t need to introduce elephant anew as we all happen to know that it is the second-largest mammals in the world, right after the blue whale. Depending on which part of the world an elephant comes from, its weight can vary from anywhere between 2700 kg to 6000 kg. They can also be of varied length and height. For example, the Length of an Asian elephant can be anywhere between 5.5 – 6.5 meters while the height of an African bush elephant can be 3.2 meters.

By the way, I have learned a great deal about this animal by visiting a local zoo in my town where the authority has kept varieties of elephants from different parts of the world. However, while zoos are a great place to learn and get ideas about how the elephants really look or behave, they are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia and are also found in different habitats, including savannahs, forests, deserts, and marshes. And as far as the diets of elephants are concerned, they eat between 149 and 169 kg of vegetation daily while consuming grasses, small plants, bushes, fruit, twigs, tree bark, and roots. However, a large number of these large mammals is being killed today all over the world for their ivory.

Anyway, I find elephants very interesting because even though they are such strong animals, they can be just as emotional as humans. In fact, elephants are found to be crying when they are hurt or lose their baby calves. In fact, many research shows that elephants are very intelligent and social animals which are drawn to human rather easily. Besides, elephants are also known to have reconciled with each other after conflicts among them, which I find most fascinating.


Sample Answer 2:
The elephant is the largest land animal, and they are very fascinating. In my childhood, I saw some elephants which their owners brought to show to the public - a common trend in the Indian subcontinent. Later on, I learned about elephants from different TV programmes and the Internet.

The elephants are found in many countries in Asia and Africa. 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 quite unique. First of all, the elephant is the largest land animals. They are huge in size and an average baby elephant is usually 3 feet tall and weight almost 200 pounds or more than 90 kg! The largest elephant, ever recorded, was more than 13 feet tall, and over 11,000 kg!

Secondly, they are very ancient animals and evidence shows that there were 6-7 different elephant species even during the Ice Age in North America and Eurasia. Another interesting fact is that the wrinkled skins of elephants help them regulate the temperature and humidity. It helps them retain 5-10 times more water than a smoothly skinned animal. This wrinkled skin also helps them cool down their body temperature by losing more heat. Another interesting fact about the 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 of foods and 80 litres of water and this amount increases in the rainy season when an elephant eats more than 200 kg of 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, which I find very impressive.


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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Amr Elsayed
I think that is why we need to be prepared.