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Rhino Auction Money Plans Announced, But Could Be Blocked

The Black Rhino auction money from the Dallas Safari Club's January fundraiser is meant for Namibian conservation, but faces a hurdle.

Ammoland published an article on the Namibian government's planned usage of the money, which will reportedly go towards training for law enforcement, new patrol vehicles and a national intelligence system to aid in poaching protection for rhino populations. The money will also go towards establishing survey processes for the country's rhinos, which can be a difficult and expensive task.

A petition backed by anti-hunting groups is looking to stop the money from its intended conservation uses, and

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Elly Hamunyela, a deputy director for the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, said that the money would "contribute significantly" towards helping the small but important black rhino populations.

"Rhino conservation is very expensive as we all know. As a small example, on average to immobilize a rhino, fit it with security devices and DNA typing costs US$1,800 to US$2,300," Hamunyela said in the Ammoland piece. "We immobilize more than 100 rhinos on a yearly basis!"

International treaties authorize Namibia to allow black rhino hunting permits, like the one auctioned by the Dallas Safari Club, with cooperation from foreign governments. The US Fish and Wildlife's statement on the situation laid out parameters and restrictions, and detailing the criteria to be met.

The winning bidder int he Safari Club auction spent $350,000 on the special permit, which could serve as import allowance should the hunt deem successful. He will still have to apply, and the money will be wired to Namibia once it's granted.

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Rhino Auction Money Plans Announced, But Could Be Blocked