Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 20, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Hunters kill and burn tapir in
Costa Rica’s Santa Rosa National Park


Conservation authorities confirmed that hunters set fire to a tapir in Santa Rosa National Park last week in an effort to conceal an illegal kill.

Alejandro Masis, director of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) in Guanacaste, northwest of San José, said that the hunters killed the endangered animal and stripped it of its leather skin. The suspects then set fire to the dead mammal to burn its remains.

Firefighters discovered the tapir last Thursday after brigades put out a small fire in the area where the tapir was killed. The fire burned brush in the area, but the flames did not cause widespread damage to the park.

According to the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications Ministry (MINAET) the tapir is nearing the brink of extinction and illegal hunters who kill the animal inside protected areas are one of the greatest threats to its survival.

Officials from SINAC in Guanacaste are asking area residents to provide any information they may have about the hunters to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

Word of the Day

Main Entry: con·ceal
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English concelen, from Anglo-French conceler, from Latin concelare, from com- + celare to hide — more at hell
Date: 14th century
1 : to prevent disclosure or recognition of <conceal the truth>
2 : to place out of sight <concealed himself behind the door>
synonyms see hide
con·ceal·able adjective
con·ceal·ing·ly adverb
con·ceal·ment noun

More Vocabulary

Brink: n. the point of onset: verge
Hunter: n. a person who pursues animals for food or in sport
Strip: v. to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
Tapir: n. any of a genus of herbivore mammals of tropical America and southeastern Asia that have a heavy sparsely hairy body and the snout and upper lip prolonged
Widespread: adj. widely extended or spread out

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Put out: to extinguish, as a fire

     We put out the fire before it could spread and burn the whole house down.

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Additive Transitions


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