Rhinoceros survival plan enlists Australian zoos

Humphrey, the white rhino calf, at Australia Zoo's African savannah.
Humphrey, the white rhino calf, at Australia Zoo's African savannah. AAP

A PLAN might be close to approval to send dozens of endangered rhinoceroses to Australia from southern Africa, where poachers are depleting their numbers.

Australian Rhino Project founder Ray Dearlove said a staggering number of rhinos were being killed by poachers for their prized horns.

"[Our plan] is to have a breeding herd of rhinos here in Australia which would potentially act as an assurance against their extinction in the wild," he told 891 ABC Adelaide.

Mr Dearlove said up to 1300 rhinos per year were being killed, even though authorities had removed their horns in an effort to remove the incentive for poaching.

He said the poachers still shot rhinos and dug out the remaining part of their horn because of the money they could make on the black market.

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