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The word "auction" usually up images of priceless art, fine wines or celebrity memorabilia. It rarely us think of a near-threatened species of rhinoceros. However, those enough to out in excess of $10 million can for 1,993 white rhinos on May the 1st, which is International Save the Rhino Day. The majestic beasts are being by multi-millionaire conservationist John Hume, a South African entrepreneur. He a rhino breeding project with about 200 animals 30 years ago. He to increase his stock of the animals ten-fold. Mr Hume is also the 8,500-hectare ranch 100 miles south-east of Johannesburg where the rhinos .

Mr Hume's ranch home to more than 10 per cent of the world's total rhino population. Hume has $150 million of his personal fortune on rhino numbers, but can no longer afford to the creatures. His expenses vets' bills, security guards to keep poachers at bay and a helicopter for air patrols. He told reporters: "I've all my life savings spending on that population of rhinos for 30 years and I finally out of money. I'm that there is a millionaire that would rather save the population of rhinos from extinction than own a super-yacht." Hume that: "Rhinos are underdogs. They the least chance of surviving poaching."

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