By Patricia Osman
22 year old Rhino, Nandi has died from unknown natural causes at the Rhino Fund Sanctuary, Nakasongola.
According to the Executive Director Rhino Fund Uganda, Angie Genade, “Nandi who gave birth to a female calf, Achiru in January was ill for some time. Unfortunately, since she was not well and she then could not care or feed Achiru who was her offspring .She was then handed over to Uganda Wildlife Education Center where she sadly died 10 days later.”
Angie says that both deaths are a severe knock to the Uganda Rhino breeding program.
Speaking sadly, Angie adds that Nandi was the rhino at the sanctuary that was always referred to as the “mother of the rhinos” and will be dearly missed.
“Nandi had a strong character and most feared by the rangers. She was clever and seemed to enjoy ambushing the rangers that were monitoring her,” she adds.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority together with the Pathology Department of Makerere University have conducted an extensive post-mortem to determine the cause of her illness and subsequent death.
She was brought to the sanctuary in 2006 from Disney Animal Kingdom and in 2009 she gave birth to the first rhino at the sanctuary called Obama.
The sanctuary now boosts of 33 Rhinos.
By Patricia Osman
It is yet another score for the tourism industry following the birth of a baby Rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Speaking to Capital Radio, Angie Genade the executive director Rhino Fund Uganda, says the male called Jabali was born last night to Bella who has had six babies now adding that the great news only pushes them closer to their goal of re-introducing Rhinos to the wild.
The baby is extremely strong, he is already running around and playing with his two year old brother, the excited Angie said.
Bella is the female that had the first calf at the sanctuary in 2008 unfortunately it was a still birth.
Just two weeks ago another Rhino Laloyo gave birth to a female baby Rhoda. Today the sanctuary boosts of 32 Rhinos.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund Uganda are planning to take Rhinos back to the wild by 2022.
This is what it takes for a rhino to be re introduced into the wild;
A Feasibility study should be done to see which national park or area would be best featured to receive the white Rhinos. Then, a genetics report of the Rhinos is a produced before splitting them bearing in mind which ones move and which ones stay for purposes of continuity of the breeding process.
The rhinos should be at least four and a half or five years old because then they can fend for themselves.
In the event that rhinos are younger than the above age, then they should be moved with their mother who will then take care of them.