The Dallas Safari Club rhino auction on Saturday, January 11, 2014 brought in $350,000, awarding the winner a chance to kill a critically endangered black rhino.
News out of the club late Saturday night shared word of the winning bid amount, but the name of the winner was not yet announced by the Dallas Safari Club. Though some media outlets are identifying the presumed winner, discrepancies have convinced us to wait for a formal announcement from the club before mentioning anyone by name.
The auctioned hunt was the main attraction at the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention and expo held this weekend at the Dallas Convention Center. The auction winner will travel to Namibia, where they will be led by outfitters towards a reportedly old and post-breeding aged bull determined by scientists and biologists to be the target of the auction. Known to charge and sometimes kill other rhino bulls, cows and calves in Mangetti National Park, the targeted rhino is decreasing herd survival and productivity, according to the Dallas Safari Club.
Ben Carter, the Dallas Safari Club’s executive director, spoke candidly about the auction’s circumstances on the club’s website. The auction also had the support of the Boone and Crockett club and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a United Nations-affiliated wildlife authority.
The auction went on despite death threats and protestors who gathered outside the Convention Center.