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The South African government has warned that rhinoceros poaching is reaching record levels. The country's Environment Minister said nearly 400 have been killed so far this year. The animals are killed for their horns, often used in traditional medicine in Asia. Grant Ferrett reports.
South Africa has the world's largest rhino population, giving it a vital role in conservation efforts. The government denies it's losing the battle against poachers who steal rhino horn for sale in Asia where it's used in traditional medicine. But the figures tell a worrying story. A decade ago, poachers killed 13 rhinos in South Africa. This year, they are on record to take nearly 100 times as many. Most are killed in the vast Kruger National Park, bordering Zimbabwe and Mozambique. And while protection efforts have been stepped up, the poachers are becoming ever more sophisticated and ruthless.
1. rhinocero n. 犀牛，脸皮和犀牛皮一样厚
2. poacher n. 偷猎者， 偷猎者成了猎物保护人
3. sophisticated adj. 复杂的， 精致的，富有经验的， 深奥微妙的