OUR PROJECTS

We pride ourselves in involving the sanctuary's surrounding communities. We have committed ourselves to work alongside them, to develop our work further and to include as many people as we can. Our projects are a vital part to the success of Rhino Fund Uganda. 

We are involved in the following projects:

  • Rhino Re-Introduction

  • Community

  • Education

  • Volunteering

  • Animal Rehabilitation (for more information on this, click here)

RHINO RE-INTRODUCTION

Rhino Fund's prime objective is to reintroduce rhinoceros into Uganda. This project consists of three phases.

First phase: To raise awareness about rhinos and educate others regarding their threatened status. To accomplish this, we have imported and relocated two rhinoceros to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe and we also welcome visitors to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located in Nakasongola District.

Second phase: To breed a sustainable rhino population within the sanctuary. We have had 15 births since June 2009 and mating is on-going. These are the first rhinos born in Uganda in over 30 years!

Third phase: to reintroduce rhinos back into their original habitat. When there is a sustainable population, rhinos will be relocated into Uganda's protected areas.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Previously, the neighbouring cattle farmers used to cut the perimeter fence to allow their cattle to graze on the sanctuary. This was done due to the poor grazing conditions on their own lands, especially during the dry seasons. This caused a serious security risk as well as unnecessary repair expenses.

We recognised an opportunity to embrace the needs of the community. Through solving the source of the problem we also created an excellent working and trust relationship with our neighbours. To this day, there we have an agreement with our neighbouring cattle farmers, allowing their cattle to graze  within the sanctuary in accordance with our security regulations. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Damage to the fence has stopped;
  • The district is becoming well-known for the healthy condition of the cattle. This has led to a dramatic increase in the farmers' incomes;
  • The risk of bush-fires has greatly been reduced due to grazing;
  • Sanctuary pests are mitigated due to cattle pest control measures applied by the farmers, and;
  • Most importantly, we have an excellent relationship with our neighbours, who make up the 'first line of defence' in terms of rhino and personnel security.

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Providing ranger families with accommodation within the sanctuary has led to  children staying at home due to living far from the formal schools in the district. We therefore renovated an existing building and equipped it to be utilised as a nursery school. Following the Uganda Education Department’s curriculum guidelines, we employed three qualified teachers to staff the school and teach the children.

The school started in 2010 and is continuing to grow from strength to strength. Originally a nursery school, Hakuna Matata developed into a primary school due to community requests. 75 applicants were accepted in total; 30 Rhino Fund Uganda staff children and 45 community children. The results that reflect in the students' reports proves the school is a major success. Hakuna Matata is indeed a project that we are extremely proud of.

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Students from various tertiary institutions use the sanctuary as a basis for field studies and practical studies:

  • Makerere University;
  • Kasese Tourism and Hospitality Training Institute, and;
  • Private International students

These students are able to undertake their study programmes on the sanctuary at a small fee to cover costs.

The agreement does stipulate that we have joint ownership of the results of all studies conducted.

Students coming to research is just another way we are able to increase awareness within Uganda and internationally.

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Access to water is a crucial and basic human right. We are dedicated to supply all employees, their families and community members with clean drinking water

Through our efforts, corporate and private involvement was obtained and two existing boreholes on the sanctuary have been renovated and two new boreholes sunk.  We also maintain two community boreholes outside of the sanctuary.

However, we require four more boreholes to supply the whole community with water. 

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We recognised the need of various under-privileged orphan school students who are older than sixteen years of age - they had have fallen behind their formal school years due to the lack of funds. We give these students the opportunity to do unskilled and semi-skilled labour on the sanctuary during the school holidays. This enables them to work and pay for their studies.

Without fail, all the 14 students that have been embraced in this programme have excelled in their studies and one school-leaver has been granted a study bursary by a college in Kampala. The rest are still at school and have all achieved above-average results. We could not be more proud!

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After evaluating the requests and requirements, we assist the following institutions in Nakitoma, which fall within the same sub-county as the sanctuary:

  • Nakitoma Secondary School was given funds to complete their laboratory building and roof;
  • The local church in Nakitoma was assisted with funds to complete the building’s roof, and;
  • The Lord Care Primary school was assisted in funds to complete their school building and roof.

As part of our international student volunteer programme, we have volunteer teachers to assist both schools on a regular basis. We ensure we have covered such costs.

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EDUCATION PROJECTS

We have visited over 200 schools to promote conservation awareness and we aim to increase this number!

School children are welcomed on the sanctuary where they can go On-Foot Rhino Trekking and do other fun activities. This is to help broaden their knowledge of rhinos as well as conservation in general. This is a huge hit for both parties and the kids love their time with us!

We also work to educate each and every visitor within the sanctuary, whilst also providing written information about our rhinos and the importance of preserving these magnificent animals. During our tracking ventures, our trained guides teach and answer all questions asked.

We also have our own school within the sanctuary grounds: Hakuna Matata Primary School is on the left as you enter the main gate. You can read more above. Our teachers are continuously busy with new ideas and programs to keep the young minds active.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

We welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer! We have planned and prepared the ideal conservation and wildlife programme for YOU. Designed for young and old alike, we are giving you the opportunity to come and work alongside our rangers and experience their work, whilst contributing to conservation.

Does this sound right for you? Download the Volunteer Handbook and Application Forms

Still not sure? Why not send us an email and we will get back to you.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you live, laugh and learn!

We also offer opportunities for university students to carry out internships or projects for dissertations. This is generally done under the watchful eye and guidance of our rhino ecologist Dr. Felix Patton, a real expert!

Our volunteer programme is not a course, but an exciting experience. It gives you the opportunity to complete your practical hours, gain knowledge or simply help conserve these magnificent animals, while working with our dedicated rangers. A basic outline of each subject is done, however the programme is mostly hands-on practical work, rather than theory.

With the variety of wildlife on our property and amazing staff, you will definitely live, laugh and learn.

Does this sound right for you? Download the Volunteer Handbook and Application Forms

Still not sure? Why not send us an email and we will get back to you.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you live, laugh and learn!

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