UWA Closes Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary over management squabbles

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Rhinos at Ziwa Sanctuary; Courtesy Photo

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said it had closed and took full control Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in order to protect rhino’s there.

In a statement released on Tuesday, UWA said the closure was triggered by persistent misunderstandings between Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranches -the owners of the land where Rhino’s are being bred and Rhino Fund Uganda -an NGO that has been managing the rhino’s at the sanctuary.

A private, non-profit animal reserve in Uganda, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located in Nakasongola District along Kampala-Gulu highway.

The sanctuary is purposely reserved for Rhino breeding but also home to at least 40 mammal and reptilian species including monkeys, antelopes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and numerous bird species Tourist facilities at the sanctuary include a safari lodge, guest house, budget accommodation, and camp grounds.

The takeover takes immediate effect and no tourism activity will be talking place until further notice -according to the statement.

The disagreement, according to UWA, could potentially compromise the safety of the Rhinos and therefore the decision is meant to avert the threat.

UWA however noted that the closure is temporary as government engages the two parties in a view of mooting a lasting solution to the conflict.

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