Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal


Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal


Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal

You should say
What it looked like?
Where you saw it?
What it likes to eat or do?
Why you like it?

Sample Answer


  • Being a nature lover, I like to visit zoos and animal sanctuaries.
  • On numerous occasions, I have got a chance to have a look at wild animals.
  • On one such occasion, I went quite close to a wild animal.

Where did you see it?

  • Last year due to lockdown imposed because of coronavirus, my city residents remained confined to their homes.
  • When the administration ended the lockdown, I had a sigh of relief.
  • To break the monotony. I decided to see the zoo near my hometown.
  • While visiting the zoo, I was mesmerized when I had a close look at the elephant,

Why you like it

  • I like them because elephants are humble animals.
  • Unlike other wild animals, they enjoy the company of human beings.

What does it like to eat or do?

  • A sizeable part of an elephant’s meal comes from roots, grasses, barks and fruits.
  • Its average food consumption is 300 pounds a day which is the preponderant reason for its massive size.
  • The most favourite activity of elephants is a mud bath.
  • Being social animals elephants love to interact with each other.
  • Another favourite activity of elephants is playing in the water.

What it looked like?

  • It was quite giant, that is why we call it the biggest land animal.
  • Its characteristics were so unique as compared to other animals in the zoo.
  • Its colour was brown.
  • The size of the ears was enormous.
  • It had 26 teeth, including two tusks.
  • Most of the time its teeth were involved in chewing,

IELTS Speaking Part 3: Follow up Questions

Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe a time when you were really close to a wild animal”.

1.Besides the animal you just spoke about, what other wild animals are there in your country (or, around where you live)?

Nature has blessed my nation with numerous wild animals like lion, tiger, leopard, zebra, giraffe and many others.

2. In general, how do people in your country feel about wild animals?

There is a vast difference in the attitudes of people concerning wild animals. A large section of society prefers to stay away from wild animals because they feel scared. These people think that going close to wild animals could lead to disastrous repercussions. Whereas some people have a soft corner for wild animals and they try to help them.

4. Do you like (all) wild animals? (Why?/Why not?)

Although I like wild animals, I prefer to watch them in real life from a distance. I regularly watch programs related to wildlife on the discovery and national geography channels.

5. In general, do you think people like wild animals?

Yes, most of the people like wild animals. A large number of people visit zoos and animal sanctuaries to have a look at wild animals.

6. Are there any wild animals that you dislike? Why?

Being a nature lover, I like all the wild animals. There is no denying this conviction that wild animals scare me, but that does not mean I dislike them. 

7. In your country, are people’s attitudes towards wild animals today the same as people’s attitudes in the past?

There is a paradigm shift in the attitudes of people concerning animals. A sizeable number of individuals in this contemporary epoch has this conviction that like human beings wild animals are also an integral part of this planet earth.

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