Kampala: The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda has reopened to tourists after a management dispute led to it weeks ago.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a state-run conservation agency, said in a statement on Thursday that tourists could now visit the sanctuary in central Nakasongola district, the Xinhua news agency reported.
‘The current 33 southern white rhinos received from the Rhino Fund Uganda are well-liked. We assure the public that the sanctuary will be an excellent center for rhino breeding, ”UWA added.
Rhino Fund Uganda used to run the sanctuary before it closed in April.
According to UWA, there are ongoing studies on the translocation of rhinos to national parks where there is more space.
Ziwa is on the verge of reaching maximum carrying capacity.
Uganda used to have a large number of rhinos, especially the northern white rhino species.
All of these things became extinct during the civil wars that the country had in the 1970s and early 1980s.
By 1983, rhinos were extinct in Uganda.
But the establishment of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in 2005 and the reinstatement of the rhinos by the Rhino Fund Uganda, was good news for the country and conservationists worldwide.
The sanctuary, which measures 70 square kilometers of savannah and woodlands, is also home to other wildlife such as antelope and the rare bird of the shoehorn.
Source: Telangana Today