(RHINOS/ENDANGERED SPECIES) Black rhinos are one of the most critically endangered animals in the world, with only about 5,000 left in the wild. Efforts to conserve the species vary, but one way in particular has been an incredibly controversial practice for some animal rights groups.

Each year, Namibia is allowed to sell the hunting rights for five of the country’s rhinos, with their most recent auction going for $350,000. The hunted rhinos sold are said to be elderly and problematic, and the proceeds in exchange for the trophy hunt go directly to the rhino conservation effort. Continue reading below to understand the complicated truths behind this controversial practice. — Global Animal

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Only 1,750 rhinos are left in Namibia. Can trophy hunting save them? Photo Credit: Green Renaissance

The New York Times, Richard Conniff

Read the entire New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/opinion/a-trophy-hunt-thats-good-for-rhinos.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=1