Govt gets sh1b for rhinos

UGANDA is set to import the endangered rhinos following funding from various donors amounting to sh1b, Yvonne Verkaik the coordinator of Rhino Fund Uganda has said, writes Gerald Tenywa.

In a press release, she said the EU is to contribute 382,000 Euros, the US Fish and Wildlife (Rhino and Tiger Fund) gave $30,000 and the Dutch Embassy gave 21,700 Euros.

Global Environment Facility (GEF) administered by the United Nations Development Programme contributed $50,000 early this year, the statement said.

Verkaik said the project for re-stocking rhinos, which is in progress, will establish a breeding sanctuary at Ziwa Ranchers, Nakasongola for later release into Kidepo Valley National Park.

The white and black rhinos became extinct in the early 1980s after years of illegal hunting.

Verkaik said their efforts paid off after the importation of two white rhinos, two years ago, which are kept at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.