Cabinet has confirmed that yet another black rhinoceros will be killed for an auction in the United States of America.
The black rhino will be auctioned during the Dallas Safari Club Annual Convention, which will take place between 9 and 12 January next year.
According to the release, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism obtained a five-year approval from Cabinet to sell five black rhinoceros yearly for trophy hunting.
The hunting will be conducted through tender. "The purpose of these sales is to generate money for rhino conservation."
The rhinoceros' hunts, it further stated, are normally sold to Namibian registered trophy hunting operators, who in turn sell them to foreign hunters.
During 2013, two black rhinoceros were sold through the tender process to Namibian companies for N$1,85 million and N$2,1 million, respectively.
All were hunted during the past hunting season, which ended last month.
The Dallas auction is said to not only generate money for conservation "but will also promote Namibia as a tourism destination".
The reserve price for the rhinoceros, estimated to be almost twice the price of this year's highest bid of N$2,1 million, the release indicated, will be set closer to the auction. During late October, it was reported that a Texan hunting club sought to raise up to US$1 million for endangered black rhinoceros by auctioning off a permit to kill one in Namibia.
"First and foremost, this is about saving the black rhino," said Ben Carter, executive director of the Dallas Safari Club.
Black rhinocerous are internationally considered an endangered species and the World Wildlife Fund says about 4 800 are alive in the wild in Africa. More....