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SOS Rhino : In the News : Kruger rhinos up for sale
 

Kruger rhinos up for sale

  Kulani Mavunda
News24.com
http://www.news24.com
06/02/2006 15:26 – (SA)

Skukuza - Twenty white rhino in the Kruger National Park (KNP) are up for sale.

South African National Parks (SANParks) has put the animals up for sale to address concerns of an over population of white rhino in the Kruger, particularly in the southern part of the park.

"The sale is held annually to reduce the number of white rhinos," said Kruger spokesperson William Mabasa on Monday.

Prospective buyers have until February 10 to make an offer and will be expected to pay cash or with a bank guaranteed cheque seven days before the animals are captured.

The rhinos are scheduled for capture during February and March.

Mabasa said buyers must also have import permits for the rhinos from their respective provinces, and must be responsible for their own transport and transport costs.

The white rhino population in the Kruger stands at about 6 000, while there are only 350 of the endangered black rhinos.

Mabasa said the white rhino population was growing between eight and nine percent per year.

Hunting

In 2005 the cost of male white rhinos ranged between R60 000 and R100 000 depending on their size, while females sold for about R110 000 each.

Rhinos from the park are also sold through a public tender process or on auction.

Some are destined to be hunted once they are sold.

A week ago, a rhino bull was offered for a bow or ordinary hunt.

In the advert, the rhino was described as having originated from the Kruger National Park and was said to be tame as it had been held in a 150 hectare camp for two years.

The park does not prohibit buyers from hunting the rhinos, but requests that buyers not hunt the rhinos within the first 12 months after being sold from the Kruger National Park.




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