Black Rhinos Of Botswana, Namibia: Can Hunters Save Them?

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  1. Hoas

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    Not much contend. I believe that regulated "sustainable-use conservation" hunting is the way to go.

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    Two men approach one black rhinoceros from opposite sides.

    Both know that there are fewer than 5,000 of them left on the planet. Both shudder at the thought of this ancient species going extinct in their lifetimes.

    They agree that the voracious Asian demand for rhino horn as a status symbol is fueled by ignorance and greed. They agree that the gangs of violent poachers who supply this black market must be stopped at all costs. But that is where their agreement ends, because one man carries a camera while the other carries a gun.

    One is convinced that strict hunting bans and high-end photo tourism can save Africa's iconic creatures from extinction.

    The other believes that without the big-game hunter, there would be no big game. He argues that a man willing to spend a small fortune to shoot a rhino, lion or elephant is the best incentive poor African nations have to protect their wildlife.

    What's the best way?
    So who's right? Which man holds the moral high ground? And in this age of manmade mass extinction, which one's ideas will save the black rhino?

    These are the questions that sent "The Wonder List" on safari, from the searing deserts of Namibia to the lush delta of Botswana.

    A few years back, Botswana banned hunting. Private game farms still exist, but on state-owned land like the Okavango Delta, animals enjoy the highest level of protection in Africa.

    Meanwhile, next door in Namibia, tightly regulated "sustainable-use conservation" allows for hunting even the most endangered of species.

    In 2014, the government auctioned off a black rhino hunt to a Texas oil heir, Corey Knowlton, for $350,000.

    Namibian wildlife managers rationalized this by identifying a specific rhino for the hunt -- one that was old, aggressive and well past breeding prime -- and they vowed that the money would go back into rhino conservation.

    But for countless animal lovers, that logic is cold comfort.

    Knowlton received thousands of angry messages and dozens of death threats, while Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion and the Minnesota dentist who shot him created the kind of firestorm that makes it reasonable to wonder: Which will go extinct first, the black rhino or the Great White Hunter?


    Source: https://www.ksat.com/lifestyle/black-rhinos-of-botswana-namibia-can-hunters-save-them
     

  2. Philip Glass

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    Funny these idiots write these stories with a question mark! RSA went from 1M head of game 40years ago to 24M now. Texas has every kind of deer and antelope in the world. Due to photo tourism? Nope. Due to hunters and their dollars.
    Idiots. That is all there is in this world idiots.
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    The antis never hear this kind of argument
     
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    Probably could have wrote more to the article. Seems like they had a word count limit and it just ended. It makes a good point, hunters take a lot of flake for doing the right thing.
     
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  5. Coenraad Vermaak Safaris

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    Anything on any subject that is fueled by emotion will be a disastrous. Common sense must prevail regardless of the subject. God bless hunters, the true conservationists of wildlife.
     
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