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Rhino conservation in a nutshell
The most expensive hunting trophy in the world or a very grumpy pet? A record-breaking black rhino is being auctioned and sold to the highest bidder.
On the 9th of October at 12:00 (UMC +1) bidding closes on a South African black rhino bull that is causing major problems to the owner who is building a population of these critically endangered animals on his property. The problem is that this highly aggressive bull kills the rhino cows that it is supposed to breed. So far, two perfectly healthy cows have been lost to the bull and the animal must, therefore, be removed from the private nature reserve in order not to do any further damage to the rhino population.
Due to the circumstances, the owner of the rhino has been granted one of the nine CITES export permits for black rhino hunting trophies that South Africa holds for 2020. This means that the rhino may be hunted and that the trophy may be exported. The rhino is presumed to carry the largest set of horns of any living black rhino on the planet and that fact is expected to attract a lot of attention from the international hunting community. The opening bid for the rhino bull is 680,000 USD. Should it be sold at that price or more it will probably set a world record as the most expensive hunting trophy in history.
It is however not given that the rhino will be hunted. In fact anybody can buy this animal as long as they are willing to pay the price and remove the animal from the area where it is currently doing damage. So if someone with a will to pay for this rhino want to buy the bull as a pet or simply to save it from being hunted they are more than welcome to do so. What matters to rhino conservation is that the animal fetches a high price and is removed from its current location. IUCN – the International Union for Conservation of Nature – lists the black rhino as a “Critically Endangered” species on their red list. The organization does, however, acknowledge the positive role that regulated trophy hunting has so far played in relation to rhino conservation. As the organization clearly states in its 2016 briefing paper “Informing Decisions on Trophy Hunting”: “Trophy hunting programmes have contributed to the recovery of African White and Black Rhinos” The current population of black rhino is around 5,000 animals and increasing. Many of the animals in South Africa are privately owned. Since the CITES meeting in 2004 limited sport hunting quotas have been approved of up to five surplus males annually (to further genetic and demographic conservation management goals) for the two range states with biggest populations (South Africa and Namibia). In acknowledgment of the results achieved so far CITES agreed to increase the South African hunting quota to nine from 2020. Jens Ulrik Høgh, a spokesman for the hunting organization Nordic Safari Club, hopes that everyone with an interest in rhino conservation understands that rhino conservation costs a lot of money and that the sale of animals not needed in the breeding program is an important source of income for the people currently breeding and protecting the rhinos.
“As much as I appreciate that the international hunting community can sustainably hunt a few selected black rhinos a year I must acknowledge that rhino conservation is much more important than my personal affinity for hunting. I hope that this animal is sold for the highest possible price and swiftly removed from the area. Whether it is bought by a hunter or someone who just wants to own the bull as a pet is not relevant to rhino conservation. I am fine with both. Nature conservation is bigger than our personal feelings”. For obvious security reasons we cannot reveal the location of the rhino nor the contact details of its current owners.
For further information please contact our spokesman:
Jens Ulrik Høgh
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