Protecting Animals in Australia – level 3
The harsh Australian desert has animal graveyards due to predators that were introduced to the area and that are now wiping out the small, endangered mammals that live there. The predators are animals such as feral cats and foxes.
Sydney University researchers want to save the mammals, and one professor said that it is impossible to control the predator numbers in such ‘vast, expansive landscapes’, so the researchers are trying alternative techniques. One idea is to build ‘predator-proof’ homes, and the animals are willing tenants to move into the homes as the changing climate has taken away places to hide.
The researchers also need help from the people that work on the land to assist with the animal conservation.
Difficult words: harsh (unpleasant or severe), wipe out (slang- kill), feral (wild), vast (huge), expansive (wide and huge), -proof (making something be protected against something else), tenant (someone who lives somewhere), conservation (protection).
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