Rhinos are extremely large and thick-skinned, necessitating the use of a large-caliber rifle (at least a .375) and premium-grade, solid bullets. Hunting rhinoceros is both an exhilarating and highly challenging experience due to the animal’s extraordinary hearing ability and sense of smell. Both the black and white rhino are actually grey; the white rhino, which is the larger of the two species, has a squared upper lip, while the smaller black rhino has a hooked or pointed upper lip.
White Rhino: Through the hard work of conservationist and hunting groups, the white rhinoceros has increased in number enough to permit hunting once again (though they are still classified as a near-vulnerable species). We work with ranchers in South Africa who have rhinos that need to be culled from the herd in order to change the genetic makeup of the group and/or to remove older, post-reproductive bulls that are extremely aggressive and territorial (and therefore threaten the well-being of the larger group).
The species can be hunted throughout the year. Size of the horn dictates price. However, with there being fewer and fewer large old males, it is becoming common practice to cut the horns in order to make the rhinos less desirable to poachers. The money generated from these hunts enables the ranchers to continue to fight unlawful poaching as well as replenish reduced rhino populations in other areas.
Black Rhino: Extremely strict gaming laws permit only a certain number of tags to be released each year for the hunting of the black rhinoceros. Currently, there is only a maximum of ten black rhino tags released each year (five each for Namibia and South Africa) and they tend to be extremely difficult and expensive to obtain. Black rhino are an endangered species, and the money raised from these tags is used to conserve the species as a whole. The use of trophy hunting to preserve and boost endangered populations is a proven and highly successful conservation method. The rhino chosen for hunting are scientifically screened and carefully chosen. They are old bulls that are no longer capable of breeding and are considered a danger to younger members of their species.
Hunting either species of rhinoceros is physically taxing, mentally challenging, and even downright dangerous. Booking and preparing for a rhino hunt involves considerable knowledge and planning. The permit requirements for each species is different and it can be very difficult to navigate the process. Luckily, J&M Safaris will be with you every step of the way, and will ensure you are completely prepared and have the proper permits well in advance of your once-in-a-lifetime hunt!
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