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article imageYou too can get your very own poo, rhino poo that is

By patxxoo     Dec 8, 2007 in Environment
Need a unusual Christmas gift? International Rhino Foundation is now auctioning rhino poo on eBay, all proceeds from this auction is to go to benefit their conservation programs in an effort to save these endangered rhinos from becoming extinct.
Yes for a limited time you too can bid on rhino poo. As a matter of fact you could even become the proud owner of one of four different species of rhino poo or all four if you happen to be the biggest bidder on each of these unique gifts straight from nature all brought to you by the International Rhino Foundation.
Each of these unique portions of poo has been dried, sealed in an awsome clear container and clearly labeled with the name of the rhino species it came from, along with a certificate of authenticity, a photograph of the rhino species, and the Scoop on Poop, a factsheet about rhinos and their dung all for your viewing pleasure, if you are the winning bidder that is (bow not included.) The winners will get also get a membership with the International Rhino Foundation.
Currently there have been 14 bids on this black rhino poo and the highest bid so far is $600.00
The Black Rhino lives in Africa, primarily in grasslands, savannahs and tropical bush lands. Black Rhinos has suffered the most drastic decline in total numbers of all rhino species. From 1970 to 1992, the population decreased by 96%, primarily due to poaching. Since 1996, intense anti-poaching efforts have had encouraging results although the threat remains great. Currently, about 3,725 black rhinos survive in the wild.
Current bid for the Indian rhino poo is $630.00 with only 10 bids.
The population of Greater One-Horned, or Indian, Rhinos decreased to about 200 individuals at the turn of the 20th century, but with strict protection by Indian and Nepalese wildlife authorities, there are now more than 2,600 rhinos. Unfortunately, however, more than 85% of these rhinos inhabit one national park in India, exposing the animals to the risk that a single catastrophe could lead to serious population decline.
Sumatran rhino poo. Current bid is $670.00 with 11 bidders.
Less than 275 Sumatran rhinos remain in Malaysia and Indonesia. The most endangered of all rhino species, Sumatran (a.k.a. “hairy”) rhinos have declined at a rate of 50% over the past 10 years, largely from deforestation and habitat fragmentation. Rhino Protection Units are now working to provide active security to Sumatran rhinos throughout their range.
From the white rhino. The highest priced bid is $743.00 with 24 bids so far.
The White Rhino, along with the roughly equal-sized Indian Rhino, is the largest species of land mammal after the elephant. By the turn of the twentieth century, there were fewer than 200 white rhinos left in the wild. But thanks to the dedicated efforts of conservationists, southern white rhinos were protected and have recovered to about 14,000 individuals. They are not the most abundant rhino species in the world and range throughout southern Africa.
The eBay auction started November 29, 2007 but you can still get your bid in for these unique itmes until December 9, 2007.
"Everyone knows about rhinos, but not everyone knows that they are disappearing from the Earth," says International Rhino Foundation Executive Director Dr. Susie Ellis. "It might sound silly, but the money raised by the rhino poop auction will benefit conservation programs and help us to save rhinos."
The Javan rhino is the only species not represented in this auction because it is so rare that obtaining the poo was not possible.
The Javan Rhino is the rarest of the rhino species with fewer than 60 animals surviving in only two known locations: one in Indonesia and the other in Vietnam. Rhinos have been poached from these small populations in recent years and much more intensive protection is needed if this species is to survive. The Javan and the Sumatran compete for the dubious distinction of being the most endangered species of rhino.
For those of use that don't have such deep pockets there is also the option to adopt a rhino, you can meet them at this link.
At one time there were 30 different species of rhinos now there are five.
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