Turtles in the Amazon – level 2

09-11-2016 15:00

People put thousands of tiny turtles into large water-filled containers. These Peruvian turtles waited to be released into the wild. It was part of efforts to help the species that is close to extinction.

Staff from Peru’s National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State released about 17,000 baby turtles into the Amazon. This was part of a program to increase numbers.

The population of these turtles had been under pressure in recent years due to development and cutting trees in the region. Peru’s government classified the animals as vulnerable and officials hope that this mass release will give these turtles a better chance to survive.

Difficult words: tiny (very small), release (make free), effort (try to do something), extinction (when a type of animal stops living), vulnerable (easily harmed or hurt).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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