US$400,000 needed for rhinos

THE Rhino Fund Uganda is seeking US$400,000 this year to work on the Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongola district where the black and white rhinos will be bred.

This fund would among other activities help to construct an electric fence around a portion of the 70 square kilometre sanctuary, which would initially be the holding ground for the rhinos.

Yvonne Verkaik, the executive director of Rhino Fund Uganda, said yesterday that they had written a proposal and submitted it to the European Union.

We hope that they will give us assistance. They have been assisting to revamp the depleted populations of different species of wild animals in Kidepo National Park, Verkaik said.

She said the rhinos would multiply and later be taken to their original habitat in Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Park.

Rhinos became extinct in Uganda two decades ago due to massive hunting by poachers.

Captain Joe Roy of DAS Air Cargo donated the land where the sanctuary is to be established. He also offered equipment to put up facilities for the rhinos at the sanctuary.