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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Nepal's rhino hunters become the hunted

Level: Advanced / C1

Here is an article and video (three minutes long) about trying to stop poaching of rhinos in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.

Read the article and then answer the following questions:
1) Which wild animals have been killed by poachers in Nepal?
2) What is the One-horned Rhinoceros also known as?
3) What is the IUCN?
4) According to the last census, how many rhinos are there?
5) How many poachers have been convicted in the last few years?

Watch the video and answer these questions:
1) Which species of animal can be found in Chitwan National Park (00:05 in the video)
2) How big is Chitwan National Park? (00:51)
3) How much can a single rhino horn sell for? (01:58)

Answers below!


1) Tigers, rhinos, elephant and leopards
2) Great Indian Rhinoceros
3) International Union for Conservation of Nature
4) More than 500
5) Around 150

Watch the video and answer these questions:
1) Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinoceros, wild elephants
2) More than 900 km2
3) $40,000

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