This coming January during its Grand Gala Saturday Night Dinner Auction, Dallas Safari Club will auction off a special black rhino hunting permit for Mangetti National Park, Namibia. This is a cabinet-level decision by Namibia. The cabinet has approved the recommendation by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
This is to be the ultimate conservation auction and conservation hunt. ALL proceeds (100 percent) are to go directly from Conservation Force (the 501(c)(3) public, charitable conduit) to Namibia’s Trust Fund for rhino conservation. There are to be no fees, commissions or charges by DSC, the auctioneers or Conservation Force whatsoever. Conservation Force is to provide free legal services to obtain the USFWS import permit and will hold the funds in its trust account until the ESA import permit is issued. The full price is to be refunded to the high auction bidder if the USFWS import permit is not issued for some unforeseen reason.
Conservation Force has orchestrated this special auction from its inception with the cooperation of the USFWS and Namibian authorities and, of course, its partner and important supporter, Dallas Safari Club.
This conservation auction can go a long way toward insuring the survival of the endangered listed black rhino. Namibia’s successful black rhino plan speaks for itself. We hope this will be a record-breaking auction that will boost the program and secure the rhino even further. The hunter who purchases this permit can really make a difference in black rhino survival.
The Parties of CITES (177 nations) have supported the issuance of this permit by expressly passing a resolution for a small hunting/trade quota. The major NGOs, like the IUCN and WWF, have supported the quota. The Rhino Specialist Group, made up of the foremost rhino scientists in the world, encourages the limited quota to generate operating and anti-poaching revenue for the conservation of the rhino and to incentivize and reward the local people who will ultimately determine the fate of the rhino. Now Dallas Safari Club, Namibia and USFWS have collaborated in a way to maximize revenue essential to carry on the successful program. This is a dream come true for those who care, and I mean really care about this great animal. It is a dream come true for Conservation Force and the conservation leaders who have envisioned this since the early 1990s when Namibian MET Minister Nico Bessinger first asked us for help.
The rhino offered for this hunt will be a surplus, post-reproduction male taken in a fair chase hunt. The removal of the bull is a biological benefit to the population, according to the Rhino Specialist Group of IUCN and management experts. Surplus old bulls commonly wound and kill cows, calves and younger breeding bulls, particularly where captured and translocated. Their removal increases the population growth rate. Generating revenue from their removal is even better.
Serious bidders are welcome to call or email me with inquiries about this historic auction and hunt. I encourage you to come witness this historic moment in the hunting and conservation world. Better, come bid.