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dateline: 14 January 2014

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Black Rhino Permit Auctioned Off

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • permit: license; an official document of permission
  • conservation: research and protection for a species
  • bidder: a person who offers a certain amount of money to purchase something in an auction
  • breed: to produce offspring
  • FBI: Federal Bureau of Investigation (US)

Black Rhino Permit Auctioned Off

A permit for a Namibian black rhino was auctioned off for $350,000 this weekend at the Dallas Safari Club in Texas. Members of the club say that 100 percent of the money will be used for black rhino conservation efforts in Namibia. The highest bidder won the right to kill an older, aggressive male rhino that is no longer able to breed. The black rhino is one of the most endangered species in the world. The animals are hunted for their horns, and poaching is their . While the hunting club defended the auction saying it hoped 1 million dollars for rhinos, the event sparked criticism from animal rights . The FBI is currently investigating death threats against members of the club.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did the highest bidder win?
  2. According to the Dallas Safari Club, what will the money go towards?
  3. Why does the report mention the FBI?

Discussion Question: Do you think this license to kill is a valid conservation effort, or do you agree that it’s wrong to kill any endangered species?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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