In the Texas grassland, home to white-tailed deer and rattlesnakes, outdoorsman Charly Seale sees a vast sanctuary of open spaces that could be used to protect the wild African rhino from its biggest enemy - poachers in search of the animals' valuable horns.
Seale is part of an ambitious project organized by animal welfare groups in
the United States and African countries to bring hundreds of orphaned baby
southern white rhinos to the south Texas grasslands, whose climate and geography
are similar to their native South African veld.
That is if governments will let them and the Texans can afford a
transportation bill that could run tens of millions of dollars, all paid for by
"This is not for the faint of heart or for the faint of checkbook," said
Seale, head of the Texas-based Exotic Wildlife Association's Second Ark
Foundation, pointing out no public money will be sought for the effort, which is
still in its early stages.
Rhino poaching hit a record in South Africa last year, home to almost all the
rhinos in Africa, with 1,215 killed in 2014, according to South Africa's
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