The European Union in partnership with the office of the Minister of Finance, the National Authorizing Office (NAO), have adopted a baby Rhino born at the Uganda Rhino Sanctuary, Ziwa Farm.
EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Ambassador Attilio Pacifici officially made public news of the adoption at a joint press conference addressed with Uganda Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu in Kampala yesterday.
The male baby Rhino, born in February 2018, is named EUROPE MUKASA. He is the 17th calf to have been born in Uganda in recent times and the fifth calf of the mother Kori, who was brought from Kenya to Uganda in 2005 along with three others to start the re-introduction project of the NGO Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU). He is the most recent rhino to have been born in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place in Uganda where there are rhinos living in the wild.
"Keeping rhinos safe in the face of the recent surge in demand for rhino horn from Asian countries is costly. That is why, in adopting Baby Rhino Europe, we are directly supporting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to continue its excellent breeding and management conditions," said Amb. Pacifici.
He added: "Baby Rhino Europe Mukasa, like other adopted Rhinos, such as Obama, Bella, Augustu, Apache and many others, was born in Uganda, will be raised in Uganda and will stay in Uganda. He will contribute to repopulate Uganda National Parks with many other Ugandan born Rhinos."
Uganda was once home to thousands of rhinos. By 1960s, only about 700 rhinos remained in Uganda with 400 Eastern Black rhinos mostly in Kidepo Valley National Park and 300 Northern White rhinos mainly in Murchison Falls National Park. Unfortunately, by 1983, rhinos were extinct in the wildlife in Uganda.
Prof. Kamuntu expressed his deep appreciation to Rhino Fund Uganda for its conservation efforts. "Today’s occasion is the fruit and culmination of the efforts of your organization and that of other institutions such as Uganda Wildlife Authority in securing the plight of endangered species in Uganda," he said.
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