River turtles in Bolivia – level 2

21-12-2015 15:00

The Bolivian government released more than 100,000 baby turtles into a river in Bolivia. The goal is to repopulate the area with turtles. The turtles are small now, but they can grow up to one metre in length. They can weigh up to 70 kilograms and live up to 100 years.

The turtles are endangered because of the high demand for their meat and eggs which are high in protein.

The turtles play an important role in the river ecosystem. They clean the rivers by digesting food.

Difficult words: endangered (at risk of dying out), demand (what people want), digest (to eat).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

What do you think about the river turtles?

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