When the world “only” is used to explain something, then that particular “something” is worthy exploring. Located 176 km from Kampala using the Kampala – Gulu highway is the “only” place in Uganda where wild rhinos can be visited in their natural habitat. And to our advantage the sanctuary is open to Uganda tours and safaris. Ziwa Rhino Ranch was established in 2005 in a bid to reintroduce the wild rhinos which had ceased to exist in Uganda. Thanks to the efforts of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Rhino Fund, Uganda today has a total of 15 wild rhinos living in their natural habitat.
Unfortunately, a number of people in the past have not seen the value in
keeping them alive. Rhinos have continually been hunted down because of
demand in Asia for their horns. A number of doctors in Asia have
claimed that the horns can be used to cure diseases like epilepsy,
malaria and impotence but this has not been proven to work, yet so many
rhinos have been lost in the process.
Let us talk about few
interesting things about white rhinoceroses. The rhino is a very
interesting mammal; one the most fascinating animals you will see while
on your safaris and tours in Uganda.
White rhinos in particular are the largest land mammals after the
elephants. They are plant eaters and use their senses of smell and
hearing more than they use their eyes. Despite the size of their brains
which is very small compared to their body size the rhinos are very wise
animals which cannot easily be fooled.
Surprisingly, female rhinos
carry their babies for a time way longer than many other animals (15 to
16 months); including the dearest lionesses which only suffer the burden
of pregnancy for a mere four (4) months, often less. After giving birth
to her calf, most mother rhinos will never introduce their young ones
to their fathers.
If fortunate enough, but from a distance, tourists will confirm that rhinos are awesome sprinters while on their Uganda Safaris
to Ziwa Rhino Ranch. It is highly advisable to keep a reasonable
distance away from the rhinos because if annoyed, man cannot out run
them. Researchers have established that rhinos accelerate to a speed
between 30 and 40 miles per hour (mph); faster than Usain Bolt’s 23.7
mph record. I was also able to establish that the rhino’s horn is not
made out of bone, but is from a protein called Keratin, which is the
same material in our hair and nails. Under the leadership of a ranger
guide, tourists can enjoy rhino safaris in Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino sanctuary without putting their lives at risk.
Adding to the rhinos, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has over 250 bird species
including the rare shoe-bill, crested francolin, the African morning
dove and the Abyssinian ground hornbill making it an ideal destination
Tourists on their way to Murchison falls National Park
can also make detours to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to encounter the amazing
creatures. Visitors should not worry much about where to stay because
the Rhino ranch offers accommodation to her clients in its guest house
and campsite. Meals are also served in the restaurant. Ziwa Rhino
Sanctuary is a place worth visiting. It is one of the few places around
the world where wild white rhinos can be seen in their natural habitat.
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