By 1982, the Rhino had been completely wiped out of Uganda, due to brutal poaching. About 177 kilometers north of Kampala lies the privately own, non-profit Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary. On 7,000 hectares of savannah and native woodlands, Rhino's are now making a comeback, thanks to the combined effort of several private and public bodies.
The Rhino Fund began with one prime prime objective: reintroduction of rhinoceros into Uganda. This stands on three important pillars: awareness, breeding and reintroduction.
In 2005 six rhino's were introduced to Ziwa Rhina Sanctuary. Four animals came from Kenya, bought from the Solio Ranch in the Rift Valley Province, and two came from the United States, donated by Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando. Since June 2009 there have been 14 births and mating is on-going. These are the first rhinos born in Uganda in over 25 years.