Tuesday, April 26, 2016

To prevent extinction, African rhinos could make their way to Florida

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 7:01 AM

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No one tell Donald Trump, but a new group might be immigrating to Florida sometime soon. 

In response to relentless poaching, wildlife groups the Australian Rhino Project and South Africa's Elephants, Rhinos and People (ERP) will be relocating 80 rhinos to Australia later this year, reports Reuters. And, if the conservation plan proves to be successful, Florida and Texas could be the next vacation spot for the mammals.

"Poachers will go where it is easy to poach," said ERP Director Wouter van Hoven. "It's not that we want to get the rhinos out of Africa but we need to put some rhinos into a safe deposit box."

According to conservation group Save the Rhino, at least 5,940 African rhinos have died at the hands of poachers since 2008. The species tends to be targeted for their horns, which are in high demand in Asian countries for medical and social status purposes. 

Once the population back in Africa stabilizes and the horn demand diminishes, the group would bring the rhinos back home, says Reuters.

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