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Hunter wins black rhino kill in conservation auction

Dalby's Cameron Wheelehen has been working behind the scenes to save the black rhinos.
Dalby's Cameron Wheelehen has been working behind the scenes to save the black rhinos.

A HUNTER has won a permit to kill a black rhino for $350,000 at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation of the endangered animal.

The Dallas Safari Club, in collaboration with the Namibian government, hoped to raise as much as $1million for the special hunting permit with all proceeds earmarked for rhino conservation in the African nation.

The controversial auction, held in downtown Dallas under tight security, broke the previous high bid for one of the permits in Namibia, which was $223,000.

The club has said the rhino that the winner will be allowed to hunt is old, male and nonbreeding and that the animal was likely to be targeted for removal anyway because it was becoming aggressive and threatening other wildlife. Namibia offers five permits each year, and the one auctioned yesterday on Saturday was the first to be made available for purchase outside the country.

Poachers have targeted all species of rhino, bringing the critically endangered black rhino's numbers down to about 5000, primarily for its horn, which is valuable on the international black market

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