The Dallas Safari Club is aiming to raise up to $1 million to save endangered black rhinos by holding an auction for a permit to kill one in Namibia., according to executive director Ben Carter, who told the AFP that his club was specifically selected for the “honor’ by the Namibian government, which will be issuing the permit for one of its national parks in Africa.
“The permit is expected to sell for at least $250,000, possibly up to $1 million, which will go to The Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia's Black Rhino,” he said in a written statement.
The country issued a similar permit to an American hunter in 2009 for $175,000 which was then turned over to Namibian Game Products Trust Fund which pays for conservation efforts. In the meantime, the United States government has refused to issue approval for the “trophy” to be brought within its borders. It was also noted that 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.”
In the meantime, Tim Van Norman, chief of the branch of permits at the US Fish & Wildlife Service defended the hunt by stating that it is necessary to eliminate older black rhino males that have already produced offspring because they are preventing younger males from mating within their territory.
"By removing these older males from the population, you get an increase in the production of calves. Younger males are able to impregnate the females that are in that area so you get more offspring than from some of these older males,” he stated."
At present World Wildlife Fund estimates that there are only about 4,800 wild black rhinos left on the African continent.
The Dallas Safari Club auction is scheduled to be held during its annual convention January 9-12, 2014 in Texas.