Tuesday, October 26, 2004

WHITE RHINO NEWS - Rhino Fund Uganda

Some good news for the White Rhino. Wolfgang H. Thome records that the Rhino Fund Uganda...
...recently reported that the fencing of the 18,000 acres sanctuary will soon be completed and that the holding bomas for the new rhinos are also nearing completion. The first rhinos are expected by late 2004 and the official opening of the sanctuary is expected by mid 2005, when the relocated rhinos have settled in and overcome the relocation stress.
You can find out more about the Rhino Fund Uganda at Save The Rhino and their own website, Rhino Fund Uganda.
In 1968 more than 100 Northern White Rhino lived in Uganda. The last rhino was seen in 1983. Today 41 Northern White Rhinos are known to exist in the entire world. The only wild population of 30 lives in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are about 11500 Southern White Rhinos living in Africa.

2 comments:

D.B. Echo said...

I fear that the number of Northern White Rhinos in Garamba needs to be revised downward - in August it was between 17 and 22, and who knows how many are left now?

http://www.savetherhino.org/php/press.php?id=178&item=421

Gareth said...

It certainly is very difficult to get accurate numbers. With the main wild population and the few animals that exist in zoos, various numbers are quoted. I'd love to be able to be absolutely definitive, but I fear the only definitive number I'll ever be able to report is zero.

The recent poaching was a tragedy, and we did cover it back in August when the news splashed across many news sites.

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