"Now Available: 2,000 Rhinos, Free to Good Homes With Plenty of Space"

"The animals, from a financially struggling private herd in South Africa, have been sold to a conservation group and will be released into the wild."

"A herd of 2,000 rhinoceroses urgently in need of a new owner has finally found one: The rhinos and the farm where they live in South Africa have been purchased by a conservation group that plans to release the animals into the wild over the next decade.

The southern white rhinos, thought to be the largest single population of their kind, were put up for auction in April with a starting price of $10 million. No bidders came forward. At that point, the future of the animals appeared precarious. But the conservation group African Parks announced this month that it had reached a deal to take over the herd.

“We felt we had a moral obligation to step in,” Peter Fearnhead, the group’s co-founder and chief executive, said."

Rachel Nuwer reports for the New York Times September 18, 2023.

Source: NYTimes, 09/19/2023