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Black Rhino hunting permit up for grabs

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DALLAS – On Saturday night, a group of wealthy hunters will gather inside the Dallas Convention Center to bid on the rare chance to hunt one of the world’s most endangered animals in Namibia.

The Dallas Safari Club is sponsoring the auction and says, as surprising as it might sound, that it’s being done in the name of conservation, to save the threatened black rhinoceros.

The permit is expected to fetch between $250,000 and $1 million, and all proceeds will be donated to the Namibian government and will be earmarked for conservation efforts, club officials say.

Animal conservationists estimate there are only about 5,000 black rhinos in the world, 1,700 of which are in the southern Africa nation of Namibia. They are considered a “critically endangered species” by wildlife organizations around the world.