Getting serious about preserving rhinos entails international cooperation. The first step is to set a definitive standard which all countries can and will be responsible for.
The way to do this is through CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is an international agreement between participating countries that sets the standard to regulate wildlife imports and exports among them.
The group meets once every 3 years in different countries to discuss varying proposals. This year, in September they will meet in South Africa.
Depending on their level of vulnerability, species are listed in three categories called Appendices. Appendix I is the most vulnerable (threatened with extinction) and Appendix III is the least vulnerable.
Black rhinos are listed under Appendix I, but white rhinos are listed under Appendix II (for the exclusive purpose of allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable destinations and hunting…
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