Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary: Home to Uganda’s Wild Rhinos


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Rhinos are one of the most beautiful and longest living mammals on earth. Rhinos have been on earth for around 50 million years, and it is our job to keep them here. As big and as strong as they look, humans are the biggest threat to the species survival.

Saving the Rhinos would not only keep an amazing animal on earth but also protect the crucial role in the ecosystems they affect . The White Rhino has been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to successful conservation efforts. It is a crucial need to repeat these actions for the current endangered rhinos.

Do you want to see the endangered amimals? Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a place you want to go to. The Sanctuary is the only home to wild Rhinos in Uganda.

Did you know that in the whole of East Africa, it is only in Uganda where you can track Rhinos on foot?

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was created in 2005 because Wild Rhinos became extinct in Uganda in the 1980’s and this was attributed to poaching, encroachment and human-wildlife conflicts.

The sanctuary is a collaborative effort between Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch, who own the land on which the sanctuary sits and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the government agency responsible for protecting Uganda’s wildlife resources. The collaboration was aimed at the reintroduction of the southern white Rhinos to their original habitat in the areas around Murchison Falls.  The project that started with 6 Rhinos in 2005 was up to 33 Rhinos by December 2021, proving its success.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is 7000 hectares of woodlands and Savannah has come up with land for Rhinos and over 78 park rangers and also security guards who keep 24 hours to ensure that rhinos are secure. The 70km is surrounded by an electric fence which is 2m so as to keep the rhinos in.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary lies in Nakasongola District and is a favorite stopover spots for tourists on Uganda safaris to Murchison Falls National Park or Kidepo Valley National Park along the Northern circuit.

The sanctuary found in Northwestern Uganda holds not only Rhinos but also over 300 bird species, reptiles and other mammal species.

The available safari activities to do while at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary include rhino trekking, birding/bird watching, wildlife/game viewing and others.

The goal is to release these magnificent animals back into the wild so they can once again wander the plains and their natural habitats! The goal of the initiative is to have these animals become a part of other national parks throughout Uganda, roaming the land with other wildlife species.



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