Agence France Presse
May 18, 2000
KAMPALA - Uganda is working on a programme to re-introduce the
rhinoceros, poached to extinction over 10 years ago, Uganda Wildlife
Education Centre (UWEC) officials said Thursday.
UWEC, which deals with the preservation of endangered wildlife
species in Uganda, has consequently launched an appeal for up to
160 million Ugandan shillings (100,000 dollars), required for the
An official at the center, about 33 kilometres (20 miles) south
of the capital Kampala, told AFP by telephone that the programme
was being launched in three stages, the first being to requisition
two rhinos at Entebbe.
"After this, the second phase will include the securing of
a sanctuary for the rhinos, before the center embarks on a third
phase estimated to take between 15 to 20 years, during which the
Rhino will be reintroduced into the wild."
The rhino, an endangered species in Africa, was poached to extinction
in Uganda, with the white rhino last sighted in the country's jungles
in 1970, while the black rhino disappeared in the 1980s due to armed
conflict in northern Uganda's national parks.
Poachers kill the rhino for its horn, highly priced in Asia as