Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda welcomes baby No.7

June 10, 2013

Baby rhino born at Ziwa in Uganda (photo by Cpl Robert Ayiko)Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda, a destination more commonly associated with gorilla trekking, recently announced the birth of a new baby rhino, their seventh since Rhino Fund Uganda started the breeding programme there.

Nandi, one of the original female Rhinos that were introduced to the Sanctuary at its launch, gave birth to a healthy calf on Saturday 1st June. The baby rhino has been identified as female, and named Uhuru, meaning ‘independence’ in Swahili. Taleo, one of the male rhinos at the Sanctuary, is the father.

The new baby, Uhuru, and her mother Nandi (photo by Cpl Robert Ayiko)Both other adult female rhinos at the Sanctuary are also pregnant and due to calve within the next year. Eventually, Rhino Fund Uganda hope to have enough rhinos to start a release and rehabilitation programme into the national parks of Uganda, where rhinos used to roam free. Until then, the thirteen rhinos at Ziwa represent the future of the species in Uganda, and they are closely guarded 24/7 by armed rangers. One of the ranger team, Cpl Ayiko Robert, managed to get close enough to Nandi and her newborn calf to capture these amazing photographs, when Uhuru was just a few hours old.

By incorporating rhino tracking at Ziwa into a Uganda safari, visitors to the country can enjoy spotting the animals that constitute the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as experiencing with the country’s primates in chimp and gorilla trekking encounters. To plan a tour that includes visits to both the gorillas and the rhinos, contact one of our team at enquiries@journeysdiscoveringafrica.com.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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