A Texas hunting club said Friday it aims to raise up to a million dollars for endangered black rhinoceroses 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, which is hosting the auction early next year.
Black rhinos are internationally considered an endangered species and the World Wildlife Fund says about 4,800 are alive in the African wild.
Carter said in a statement sent to AFP that the Namibian government "selected" his hunting club to auction a black rhino hunting permit for one of its national parks.
The permit is expected "to sell for at least $250,000, possibly up to $1 million. The Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia's Black Rhino will receive 100 percent of the sale price," said the statement.
Namibia has an annual quota to kill up to five black rhinos out of the southern African nation's herd population of 1,795 animals.
A single permit issued to a U.S. hunter in 2009 to kill a black rhino fetched $175,000 for the Namibian Game Products Trust Fund which pays for conservation efforts, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tim Van Norman, chief of the branch of permits at the FWS said the U.S. government has not yet issued any permit to the Dallas Safari Club to return a rhino's carcass to the United States. More....