A pair of wildlife trafficking kingpins is facing the wrath of the U.S. government for reportedly tricking hunters into killing rhinos illegally. On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Montgomery, Ala. announced charges against a pair of South African brothers who allegedly sold illegal rhino hunt to U.S. hunters, and trafficked the horn on the black market.
Dawie Groenewald, 46, and his brother, Janneman Groenewald, 44, operated their company, Out of Africa Adventurous Safaris, out of Alabama from 2005 to 2010, often attending sportsmen's gatherings like Safari Club International conventions to recruit American hunters to go on African hunting trips. They charged between $3,500 and $15,000 for a rhino hunting expedition on their 10,600-acre game ranch in South Africa.
The brothers allegedly told hunters that the rhinos they were hunting were "problem" animals that could be legally hunted because they were "dangerous." But the Groenewald never obtained the required permits, and conducted the hunts in violation of South African law.