IELTS Cue Card: Describe your favourite animal

Describe your favourite animal

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 179 with Model Answer:

Describe your favourite animal.

You should say:
- what it is
- where it lives
- what it looks like

and explain why this is your favourite animal.

[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:
Australia owns some unique animals and a notable number of animals are available here with different attractive features. I like the red kangaroo most than the other types of animals as this is the largest mammal of its own species.

Australia is the land of animals. A large number of animals are found here. There are about 378 mammal species, over 800 bird species, 4000 species of fish, 140 snake species, 300 types of lizards, and over 40 types of marine mammals are available. Over 50 percent animals are unique to Australia as they are not found in any other parts of the world. The red kangaroo is considered as the largest kangaroo among the over 50 species of the kangaroo family. This is one of the most popular animals in the country and mostly they are found in wild. Some of the kangaroos are also available in zoos but they love to live in their natural habitats. Usually, the red kangaroos move by forming groups while the groups are formed with hundreds of the kangaroos. The groups are formed in combination of male, female and juvenile kangaroos. Usually, the groups are led by the male members and the others follow the directives.    

Generally, the red kangaroos are found in the western and central Australia. They mostly love to live in a wild environment. The kangaroos love grasslands, deserts, and sometimes the prefer scrublands as well. Most of the kangaroos prefer to live under the open sky and avoids darkly shaded areas while some of them prefer to live in slightly shaded areas. They like to stay under trees for the shade. The red kangaroos have some amazing capacities like they are able to conserve water for longer hours. They also could concentrate urine in the dry summer. They are able to find fresh vegetations and thus they do not have any trouble to live in the desert or in the low raining areas. Their population density is more in the central Australia as those parts are filled with green grasses and vegetation.

The ears of the red kangaroo are pointed and they are large in size, umm… the largest ones among the species. The furs of the kangaroos are brown while it is short for the males. Sometimes, the furs take a fade colour. Usually, the females are smaller in size and shape and their fur colour is combined with a blue and grey shade. The kangaroos are attached with two forelimbs and they have small claws. They use the muscular hind limbs for jumping from one place to another. They use the tail to support them when they want to stand. The legs store and release forces which help them to jump. The sudden release of their energy from the legs helps them to jump a long distance and created like a bouncing situation. Usually, the male red kangaroos can jump over eight metres by a single leap. The body shape for a male red kangaroo is about five feet excluding its tail.  

I like this red kangaroo most for several reasons. The first thing is that they look stunning. Among the other types of kangaroos, they are larger in size and shape and can cover a long distance by running and jumping. They also have a less weight and the body posture is attractive. Besides, the furs are not harsh rather those are felt a bit of velvety while touching them. The natural pouch the female kangaroos contain can keep their kids for over five months. They also have a different feature. The red kangaroos can survive in temperature over 400 C. In that time they avoid movements and stay on shades though they prefer to stay under the open sky round the year. Their communication system is also well improved than the other kangaroo species. All the features described here are unique to them. So, I like the red kangaroos most than the other animals found in Australia.