Our History, Vision and Mission

Our Found Members are:

Dr Eve Abe, Mr Tom Buringuriza, Mr Kenneth Bataringaya, Dr Gladys Kalema, Mr David Abura, Ms Jane Adong Anywar, East African Wildlife Society, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Rhino Fund Uganda was formed as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in 1997. It was set up to repopulate Uganda with wild rhinos in the future. Both rhinoceros breeds, black and white, are globally endangered. In 1983, both black rhinos and northern white rhinos declared extinct throughout Uganda. Therefore, our purpose is to return rhinos, a vital aspect of both environmental and cultural heritage, back into Uganda, through our breeding and release program.

Located in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the 7 000 hectares of savannah and woodlands has provided us with land for the rhinos. Owned by Captain Joe Roy, a Ugandan citizen, a land usage license has been agreed to give us sole usage rights for thirty (renewable) years.

From this, the first six southern white rhinos were translocated in 2005/6, with four from Kenya, and two from Disney Animal Kingdom (USA). As it was northern white rhinos that once populated Uganda’s national parks, our rhinos are technically considered an exotic breed!

It was four years before the first rhino was born in March 2008. Unfortunately, Bella’s baby was a still born.

The next year - 24th June 2009 - we had a healthy male calf, making history by being the first rhino born in Uganda in approximately 30 years! He was named Obama, making history, with his mother from the United States and his father from Kenya.

Click here to see our current success stories.


Our vision is to repopulate Uganda’s national parks with rhinoceroses.


Our mission is to apply sound conservation principles whereby a safe environment is created, in which rhinos can be conserved for future generations. In addition, through conservation education and community projects, we aim to win the hearts and minds of the surrounding communities, as well as Uganda as a whole. This is to ensure we have their support of this rhino conservation and reintroduction program.

The photos show Uganda's rhinos in the 1960's. Special thanks to John Hayden for the photos who took them in West Nile and Kidepo Valley National Park. Both black and northern white rhinos!