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Fri, Jan 24, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Hunting the Black Rhino: Decimation or Boon for Conservation?


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A wild male black rhino in Kenya's Lewa Conservancy on August 28, 2013.
CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
A wild male black rhino in Kenya's Lewa Conservancy on August 28, 2013.

Earlier this month, a hunter from Dallas bid $350,000 for the rights to kill a black rhino, sparking international controversy and death threats against the hunter himself. But he says the money will go toward conservation awareness of black rhinos and will aid their preservation in the long run -- and some experts agree. We examine the debate over trophy hunting, and the larger issue of poaching that left a record 1,000 rhinos dead in South Africa last year.

Host: Thuy Vu

Guests:

  • Ben Carter, executive director of the Dallas Safari Club, which held the recent auction to hunt a black rhino
  • Jeffrey Flocken, North America regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
  • Tawanda Kanhema, investigative reporter working on a documentary about rhino poaching and a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

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