Jumping To Save Rhinos

THE European Union (EU) has given a grant of 390,000 euros (sh800m) to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for the ongoing establishment of a rhino sanctuary in Masindi.

Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) chief Prof. Wolfgang Thome said the money was being used for fencing and grading the site located on 18,000 acres of Zziwa ranch land.

We are using the money to buy a fence, vehicles and to hire grader rollers to build the estate, Thome said.

Thome was on Saturday speaking at a charity race for Save the Rhino Fund by expatriates and tourists at the Nile High bungee jumping site in Jinja district.

The race, sponsored by Nile Breweries, Heritage Oil and Adrift Uganda, raised over sh5m.
Thome said the sanctuary, which will be jointly managed by UWA and RFU, will be ready by the end of this year. Thome said the sanctuary would be a tourist attraction.

I am glad to announce that by the end of this year, it (sanctuary) will be up and running and fully stocked, he said.

He said the site was offered by Capt. Roy Zziwa for 39 years.
The Nile High team beat 15 teams to win the adventure race, which involved running and riding through rough terrain, peddling on the River Nile, wall climbing and bungee jumping.

The second team was the Nile Breweries Rampant Runners. Other participants included K2, the 49ERS, the US Marines and the Gately Gators.

Sixty-three-year-old American expatriate Bob Saunders of the 49ERS team got an award for being the oldest participant.