Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Photo Gallery

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a former cattle ranch, is a private non-profit sanctuary formed to reintroduce southern white rhinos, Ceratotherium simum simum, in the wild to Uganda. Both black (Diceros bicornis) and northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) were native to Uganda originally. Northern white rhinos are now functionally extinct. As the population of southern white rhinos in the sanctuary grows large enough, plans are to reintroduce them into national parks that once had northern white rhino populations, probably starting with Murchison Falls National Park. Currently Ziwa is the only place in Uganda to see rhinos in more-or-less wild conditions.

The sanctuary also has around twenty other large mammal species and more than 300 bird species.

Bell's hinge-back tortoise, Kinixys belliana

Vervet monkey, Chlorocebus pygerythrus

Common warthog, Phacochoerus africanus

Defassa waterbuck, Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Bushbuck, Tragelaphus scriptus, female (left) and male (right)

Common duiker, Sylvicapra grimmia

Grey crowned crane, Balearica regulorum

Green woodhoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus

White-crested turaco, Tauraco leucolophus

Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta

Thick-billed cuckoo, Pachycoccyx audeberti

Broad-billed roller, Eurystomus glaucurus

Black-headed heron, Ardea melanocephala


Grosbeak weaver, Amblyospiza albifrons

Red-headed weaver, Anaplectes rubriceps

Northern brown-throated weaver, Ploceus castanops


Ruppell's starling, Lamprotornis purpuroptera

Greater blue-eared starling, Lamprotornis chloropterus


White-headed barbet, Lybius leucocephalus

Black-billed barbet, Lybius guifsobalito


Red-eyed dove, Streptopelia semitorquata

Ring-necked dove, Streptopelia capicola

African grey woodpecker, Dendropicus goertae

Fork-tailed drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis

Pin-tailed whydah, Vidua macroura


Eastern chanting goshawk, Meliarax poliopterus

Tawny eagle, Aquila rapax

Western banded snake-eagle, Circaetus cinerascens

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary southern white rhinoceroses

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Last modified 29 August 2022