It’s a girl! New rhino born at Ziwa…

January 11, 2012

Bella relaxing with her previous calf, Augustu, in 2010Bella, one of the Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, gave birth last night to the fifth Rhino to be born into the wild in Uganda for more than 25 years. The baby has been confirmed as female, bringing a much needed balance to the proportion of males to females in this new generation of Ugandan Rhinos. The team have been anticipating the birth for a month, as Bella started showing signs of an imminent birth in early December, and has recently been seen chasing away her previous calf, Augustu (2 yrs).

The recent birth brings the total number of Rhino at Ziwa to 11, with 6 adults, 3 adolescents and 1 baby calf born last year joining this new addition. The breeding programme at Ziwa is part of vital conservation efforts undertaken by Rhino Fund Uganda. Journeys Discovering Africa would like to extend their congratulations to all the team at Ziwa and Rhino Fund Uganda for all their hard work. In the face of daily news bulletins about the rise in Rhino poaching, it’s great to hear such good news from the world of Rhino conservation. Rhino Fund Uganda is supported by income from rhino tracking and other activities on the sanctuary, as well as corporate and private donations. To find out more about Rhino Fund Uganda and how to make a donation, visit their site here.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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