Government has reopened Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary after 50 days of closure.
A team led by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) executive director Sam Mwandha and Managing Director Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch Capt Charles Roy met with Leaders of Nakasongola District led by the Vice District Chairperson Tingira Samuel ahead of the opening of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Thursday.
“The wait is over, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is now open to the public,” UWA said.
UWA Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch (ZRWR) committed to jointly manage the Rhino breeding program.
UWA takes lead on Rhino safety and monitoring while ZRWR manages infrastructure at the Sanctuary.
The government through UWA on April 20, 2021, closed the sanctuary located in Nakitoma Sub-county, Nakasongola District, over unending fights between two parties managing the facility.
The home to the 33 herbivores of the rhinoceros family and the lone breeding centre in Uganda was caught in a management dispute between the Rhino Fund Uganda and the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches.
Under the new management system at the Sanctuary, the UWA in collaboration with the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches will manage the Rhino sanctuary following the departure of Rhino Fund Uganda that had managed the Sanctuary for more than 20 years.
“The reopening of the rhino sanctuary is in line with a joint venture agreement between UWA, a government body mandated to oversee all the Wildlife activities in Uganda and the Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches, a private entity that owns the land on which the sanctuary is located,” said Mwandha.
UWA has already deployed more than 20 of the former workers at the sanctuary and the community will now be allowed to graze the cattle inside the sanctuary.