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WASHINGTON - A Texas hunting club Saturday auctioned off a permit to kill a black rhinoceros in Namibia, raising $350,000 towards conservation efforts for the animal, but not without controversy. Credit: Thinkstock The Dallas Safari Club, which said all money would be given to Namibia for "anti-poaching patrols, habitat protection, research and other measures crucial for protecting populations of endangered black rhinos," has nonetheless sparked the ire of some wildlife groups. A government-approved annual quota, in place in Namibia since 2012, gives permission for the killing of five black rhinos per year. "Science shows that selective hunting helps rhino populations grow," the club...

The western black rhinoceros, last spotted in 2006, is now officially extinct. According to the Daily Mail U.K., the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the largest conservation network, declared this week that the subspecies is totally wiped out. Credit: Thinkstock Experts say the western black rhino fell victim to poachers and an overall lack of conservation efforts. Conservationists hope that this tragic news encourages people to protect other rhino species in danger of extinction. Both the northern white rhino and Javan rhino are at the brink of disappearing. "In the case of the western black rhino and the northern white rhino the situation could have had very different...

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania will continue a controversial anti-poaching operation, President Jakaya Kikwete said Thursday, overturning a suspension following reports of rampant human rights abuses including torture and killing of suspects. Police and wildlife officers have cracked down on suspected poachers amid a surge of killings of elephant and rhino in the east African nation, operating under what was reported to be a shoot-to-kill policy and making sweeping arrests. "We are going to rectify such mistakes and take to task culprits, and later continue with the mission to fight poachers and protect elephants from imminent extinction," Kikwete told parliament. The campaign,...

PRETORIA – Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day. South Africa is home to the world's biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black market demand in Asia for their horns, from just 13 reported incidents in 2007. South Africa's renowned Kruger park, which borders Mozambique, suffered the largest number of killings, with 425 rhinos killed since...

A black rhino at the Denver Zoo was not in the mood for visitors. According to Fox News, one of the visitors who paid extra to feed and touch the rhino had her finger bitten by the animal. Ouch! Mshindi the rhino nipped the woman's hand while the visitor was feeding the endangered creature. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital immediately after the incident. Neither the hospital nor the zoo have disclosed the extent of the injury. Staff at the Denver Zoo believe that Mshindi did not intentionally harm the woman. The...

Bloodiest Week for Rhinos Ever?

Seven rhinos, their heads bloodied and their horns cut off, were found dead in the last week of May in five wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in different regions of Kenya. The rhinos had all been shot, one on a private ranch, Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, where poachers were actually seen cutting off the animal's horns. The killing of the seven rhinos, and in sanctuaries specifically established to protect them, brings the number of rhinos killed so far this year in Kenya to 24. The attacks, writes Paula Kahumbu in the Guardian, seem to have been coordinated. No arrests have yet been made even though the poachers in the Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary were sighted. 30 rhinos were killed...