Trade in Rhinoceros Specimens

All species of rhinoceros are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). An Appendix I listing applies to all five species with the exception of populations of the southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) from South Africa and Swaziland which are listed on Appendix II. While trade in hunting trophies and live animals is allowed in certain circumstances for populations listed on Appendix II of CITES, Australia has introduced measures to restrict trade in rhino specimens, including rhino horn hunting trophies.

These measures include:

  • permits will no longer be issued to import hunting trophies of Appendix II listed southern white rhino
  • rhino hunting trophies are no longer allowed to be imported as personal and household effects
  • radiocarbon dating is required to conclusively prove the age of vintage rhino horn for export.

For more information contact:

The Director
Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6274 1900

Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921