Save a critically endangered species by hunting it?
The Dallas Safari Club is preparing to auction off an opportunity to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia -- to benefit the Save the Rhino Trust.
"This fundraiser is the first of its kind for an endangered species," Ben Carter, DSC executive director, said earlier this month in a statement announcing the auction.
The auction, to be held in early January, is expected to fetch between $250,000 to $1 million, Carter told NBC 5 by phone Friday.
The black rhino is "critically endangered," according to the International Rhino Foundation. An estimated 5,000 live in the wild.
When asked about offering a chance to hunt a member of an endangered species, Carter said, "This is about saving a species, not one animal."