First Baby Rhino Born in Uganda in 28 Years at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary!


Baby rhino named Obama born at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

After being regionally extinct for 28 years, the first baby White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum) has been born in Uganda!

Although the gender of the baby is not yet known, proposed names include “Michelle” and “Obama.”

This historical event has occurred at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, in the Nakasongola district just off the Gulu highway between Kampala and Murchison Falls.

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary was created to reintroduce rhinoceros to Uganda. 

Established in 1997, and currently home to the only wild rhinos in Uganda, Ziwa’s long term goal is to build a sustainable rhino population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas.

Congratulations, Nandi, on your beautiful baby rhino!

Photo courtesy of Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, an educational nonprofit organization which provides news and information about wildlife crime and endangered species. I am the Editor of Rhino Horn is Not Medicine and Project Pangolin, author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine, a writer for the environmental news blog Planetsave, the host of Behind the Schemes, and Producer for the upcoming documentary The Price. When I'm not blogging about the illegal wildlife trade, I enjoy gardening, reading, designing, and rocking out to live music.

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