RHINO Fund Uganda (RFU) needs US$688,000 (about sh1.2b) to breed 40 black and white rhinos at Zziwa ranchers in the river Kafu basin in Nakasongola district, reports Gerald Tenywa.

RFU coordinator Yvonne Verkaik said they would establish a rhino sanctuary and rear the rhinos for re-introduction into Murchison and Kidepo national parks.

As an institution mandated with the promotion of conservation education in Uganda, The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), feels duty bound to express our opinion on the wildlife trade in Uganda, that has captured both the local and international attention.

It is no secret that Uganda's wildlife was immensely depleted during the troubled period of the country, with some species such as the Rhinoceros, getting poached to absolute extinction.

THE Minister of State for Tourism Trade and Industry, Mr. Jovino Akaki, has asked donors to assist Uganda to fund the re-introduction of the globally endangered rhinos into game parks, reports Gerald Tenywa.

Akaki was speaking during a ceremony organised at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), formerly Entebbe Zoo, to officially hand over to the Government two white rhinos, recently imported from Kenya.

Nearly 20 years after being wiped out in Uganda, the rhinocerous has been reintroduced - the first phase of a project financed by the World Bank to restock the country's national parks. Two Southern White rhinos have just arrived at the Entebbe wildlife education centre, a small reserve on the shore of Lake Victoria.

WILDLIFE and Rhino Fund Uganda officials on Sunday imported two White rhinos from Solio Ranch, Laikipia District, Kenya and took them to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe.

The arrival of the Rhinos attracted excited crowds of conservationists and residents because white Rhinos in Uganda became extinct in the early 1980s. The rhinos loaded in two large containers on a lorry arrived at Malaba on the Uganda-Kenya border at 10:30am.

PLANS are underway to establish in Luweero, one of the biggest black rhino sanctuary in Africa. Yvonne Verkaik, the project co-ordinator of Rhino Fund Uganda, said on Tuesday that plans for setting up the sanctuary on an 80-square kilometre ranch in Luweero have already started.

The rhinos will be allowed to breed and then freed into the wilderness.