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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : May 2000 : Uganda to re-introduce rhinos in its wild

Uganda to re-introduce rhinos in its wild

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 initial restocking.

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 an aphrodisiac.




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