IELTS Speaking Part 1 Wild Animals: Study the sample answers below talking about different wild animals. Learn how to differentiate the wild animals from the domesticated ones so you can communicate your thoughts more effectively. Understand how the speaker used topic vocabulary and collocations in this post so you can also create your own answers for this topic in a more strategic way.

By getting ideas in this post and if you spend more time practicing, you can surely achieve a band 7.0 or even a band 9.0.








ielts speaking part 1 topic wild animals

A tiger relaxing on a chopped tree amazingly captured by Frida Bredesen



Do you like to watch TV programs about wild animals?


(Answer 1)


Without a doubt! As an animal lover, I adore any kinds of programs that feature animals, most especially the wild ones. In fact, I never miss watching National Geographic documentaries because I can learn so much about the wild animals’ behavior, habitat, and anything which I didn’t learn in school. 



(Answer 2)


Honestly no! I can’t stand watching those kinds of programs because I’m scared of wild animals. When I was 12, I watched one documentary about how king cobras hunt their prey and that was frightening. After watching that documentary, I was paranoid, I felt like there’s a snake underneath my bed or in my wardrobe. 




Without a doubt [phrase] – certainly 

Adore [verb] – love

Habitat [noun] – the natural home of animals

Can’t stand [expression] – strong dislike

Paranoid [adj.] – feeling extremely nervous or worried



Did you learn something about wild animals at school?


(Answer 1)


Absolutely! I think all of us did learn about wild animals in grade school as every school provides lessons about animals in science class. I remember we had some excursions to a national park where we enjoyed watching crocodiles, monkeys, and different kinds of lizards. 


(Answer 2)


Yes, I did! But unfortunately, I don’t have vivid memories about our class on wild animals. Perhaps because I wasn’t fascinated learning those types of animals. 




Absolutely [adv.] – surely; without a doubt

Excursion [noun] – a short trip

Vivid [adj.] – clear

Fascinated [adj.] – strongly interested


Where can you see wild animals?


(Answer 1)


Well, obviously at the zoo! That’s the only place where I can see different kinds of wild animals at the moment. One day, I’d love to go on a safari in some African nations and enjoy watching some other wild animals. I think that’ll be an awesome experience. 


(Answer 2)

Of course at the zoo and in the African continent. Those animal lovers here in this country don’t need to travel far to see some lions, tigers, elephants, and more since there are so many zoos that keep wild animals in this beautiful country. 




Safari [noun] – an expedition to observe or hunt wild animals in Africa

Awesome [adj.] – amazing

Continent [noun] – one large land mass of the earth’s surface


In which country do you think you can see a lot of wild animals?


(Answer 1)


This is without question – some countries in Africa! God gifted them with different unique wild animals. Sadly, there are illegal hunters or poachers who take advantage of it and make money. That I believe should be stopped.


(Answer 2)


Although there are numerous wild animals living in this country, I think there are more wild animals in the African continent. Well, I believe Tanzania has the largest number of wild animals because of its dense forests, but I could be wrong. 



Unique [adj.] – distinct 

Poacher [noun] – one who kills or takes wild animals illegally 

Dense [adj.] – thick



Have you ever seen any wild animals before?


(Answer 1)

Yes, I have and some examples of wild animals that I’ve seen are zebras, gorillas, giraffes, coyotes, hedgehogs, otters, and lions. Actually, I consider myself a travel buff and an animal lover so every time I travel abroad, I make a habit to visit a zoo or a wildlife center just to see some wild animals. 


(Answer 2)


Honestly, not even once in person but of course plenty of times on TV through National Geographic TV shows. In my twenty-one years of existence, I still haven’t seen one real wild animal before my naked eyes. I really don’t have a chance to visit any zoos in this country.




Travel buff [noun] – a person who loves to travel

Make a habit [idiom] – to do something regularly

Wildlife center [noun] – a place where wild animals are taken care of by professionals 

In person [phrase] – physically; personally

Before my naked eyes [expression] – in front of one’s very eyes



i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer plus he added some examples of wild animals that he had seen. This is a very good way to extend his answer. Then he transitioned to talking about his interest in traveling and his love of animals. This made his answer substantial. Don’t just give a one-sentence answer, add something a bit more for you to express yourself in English more!


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker delivered an honest answer, although, he gave a negative answer, still he’s able to express a bit more. Always find a way to speak more as that is what the examiner wants you to do. 



What wild animal do you like the most?


(Answer 1)


Seriously, that’s a very hard question to answer, I’m torn between a panda and a koala. Both are so adorable! I enjoy watching pandas wiggle – they’re just too endearing to me. Koalas are also a favorite of mine because they’re quiet, they have small eyes but a big nose. Also, their fluffy ears make me fall in love with them. 


(Answer 2)


Without question, it’s a lion. As we know, it’s the king of the jungle, I admire how fierce lions are and how they value unity whenever they are hunting prey. They always have teamwork when running after their prey and when they succeed –  they all share their food. 



Torn between (something and something) [idiom] – finding it difficult to choose between two possibilities

Wiggle [verb] – to move up and down or from side to side

Endearing [adj.] – lovable; cute

Fluffy [adj.] – hairy; shaggy; covered with fluff

Without question [expression] – cannot be questioned; without a doubt

Fierce [adj.] – having a ferocious aggressive behavior; unafraid

Prey [noun] – an animal that is hunted and killed by another animal for food



i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker provided an answer that’s not conventional which was choosing just one. As he had two favorites, he used a very good expression that would help him express his answer better. He talked about his two favorite wild animals equally and in order for him to express his answer better, he talked about the characteristics of the two wild animals that he fell in love with. It’s a great answer! 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker started his answer with a good expression then talked about his favorite animal. He simply explained the characteristics of a lion and how he admired the unity of lions when hunting their prey. In this way, he made the examiner understand things clearly. Always make sure to give a clear explanation so that the examiner will understand you better. 

Do you like to go to the zoo?


(Answer 1)


Yes definitely! It is one of my greatest pleasures seeing different kinds of wild animals. Visiting zoos helps me broaden my understanding of the many kinds of behavior of wild animals which I couldn’t learn in school.


(Answer 2)


Not at all! I’m an animal lover, I want animals to be free. Caging them in zoos is just an act of cruelty. They don’t deserve to be prisoned as they have their natural place to live in, which is the forest. I don’t understand why people put them in a zoo, they are taking their rights away to live on their own – people make those animals become dependent on them. 



Pleasure(s) [noun] – happiness

Broaden [verb] – expand; widen

Cage [verb] – to confine in a cage; imprison

Cruelty [noun] – brutality

Take (their rights) away [phrasal verb] – to remove




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker provided a positive answer and explained why he was interested in visiting zoos. He extended his answer by talking about what did visiting zoos do for him. Simple and straight to the point!

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker provided a very direct negative answer. He talked about his love of animals and the reason why they should be free instead of putting them in zoos. His answer is very profound and it’s a very well-explained answer.



Have you ever kept a pet?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I have! And I’ve been taking care of my dog for ten years now. He’s a Labrador dog – such a lovely and playful dog. He’s actually my best friend!


(Answer 2)

Not recently, after my dog succumbed to heart disease two years ago, I decided not to have one as the passing of my dog broke my heart into pieces. He was with me for 15 years, we shared so many wonderful memories together – he was my best friend. Honestly, I haven’t gotten over his death yet.




Labrador [noun] – a dog of retriever breed with black or yellow coat typically

Succumb to [idiom] – to die

Passing [noun] – death

Get over [phrase] – overcome a difficulty




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker simply gave a positive answer and talked about what kind of pet he had and how many years he had been taking care of his pet. Also, he talked about the breed of his dog to the examiner. Such a very good way to extend his answer a little bit more. 

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a negative answer and talked about how brokenhearted he was after his pet died. Notice the expressions he used when answering. Also, he gave the examiner an idea as to why he had not gotten over the death of his pet. It sounded sad but a very natural and spontaneous answer. 



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