Friday, 4 July 2008

Black rhinos to be auctioned.

Namibian wildlife officials say six species of rare animals, including eight black rhinos, will be sold in an auction to boost funds for conservation in the country.

Teams were deployed this week into Etosha National Park -- the country's famous game sanctuary -- to capture sable and black-faced impala. The rhinos and buffaloes were captured last month and are being kept in pens.

Fanuel Demas, director of scientific services in the ministry of environment and tourism, said Wednesday that the auction will be held July 25.

Five female and three male black rhinos will be sold in Namibia, as well as 40 buffaloes, 90 black-faced impala, 16 sables and 21 giraffe.

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