Did You Know?

Ziwa Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where rhinos can be seen and tracked in the wild.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where you can see rhino in the wild. The sanctuary is part of the effort by Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority to rebuild the Rhinoceros population in Uganda. Uganda was once home to thousands of rhino but prolonged civil war and poaching in the 1970’s and 80’s took its toll and in 1982, the last rhino living in the wild was killed.

The imposing rhinoceros is not a common sight any where in the world though, the result of extensive poaching for the rhino horn that is believed to have medicinal value. Rhinos are classified as threatened animals, with only 5 remaining species, two of which reside in Africa, and the other three in Asia. In 2005, 4 southern white rhinos were introduced from the Solio ranch in Kenya and an additional 2 from the Disney Animal Kingdom in Florida, USA. Today the sanctuary boasts 19 rhinos that are being prepped for transfer to Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park.

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Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a 7000 hectare are in Nakasongola district in Central Uganda. It is 180kms from Kampala and accessible via road in 2hours. The closest national park to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is Murchison Falls National Park.

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