The Dallas Safari Club is planning to raise money to save the near-extinct black rhino by auctioning off an opportunity to kill one. There are only about 5,000 of the animals left alive. Is the species beyond saving at this point?
The black rhino is on the edge of extinction, dropping from several hundred thousands to currently only about 5 thousand within a centuries time. Habitat has played a part in the process, but it has mainly been due to poachers.
The hunting club in Texas announced earlier this month that it will be auctioning off a permit to kill one rare black rhino in Namibia, in cooperation with the country’s government. The move is expected to rake in from $250,000 to $1 million for the Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino.
The move has sparked a strong backlash from wildlife critics, even landing a short segment on The Colbert Report.