UWA reopens Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has reopened the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to the public and tourists after close to a two months closure following management disputes between Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife ranches (ZRWR) and Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU).

While announcing the reopening on Thursday UWA revealed that it will now be running the sanctuary jointly with ZRWR the owners of the land where the sanctuary is located after the departure of Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU) which had been running the sanctuary since it was founded in 2005.

“The two parties are in the process of negotiating a cooperation agreement that will promote rhino breeding and management of tourism operations at the sanctuary. UWA and ZRWR will coordinate and jointly deploy staff at the sanctuary with UWA taking up the central role of rhino security and monitoring” part of the statement from UWA read.  

UWA said the rhino breeding program will continue at the sanctuary alongside tourism and the same fees charged as before the sanctuary was closed.

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