On 19th April, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala registered the latest rhino birth.
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According to Angie Genade, Executive Director of the Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the newly born rhino is second generation to be born at the Sanctuary. It was sired by dad Agustu and Mom Malaika, both born at the sanctuary to Nandie a donation from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, USA and father, Taleo from Kenya. This brings the total number of Southern White rhinos to 27, following their reintroduction into the country in 1997, since the Northern White Rhino and her cousin the Black Rhino were driven to extinction in the country in the late 70’s and early 80s.
In 2015, the, the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) launched a ten year Rhino Strategy as part of species-specific management plans and strategies including for Shoebill and Crested Crane.
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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is an ideal stopover for tourists traveling or returning from Murchison Falls or Kidepo Valley National Parks, on a weekend break or excursion to track the two-ton beasts. Amuka Lodge nestled within the sanctuary also provides rustic accommodation for visitors.The sanctuary also hosts prolific birdlife including habitat to the rare Shoebill Stork, oribi, bushbuck, Uganda kob, hippo, and 15 mammalian species.