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Rhinos have been poached in Uganda to the point of extinction and that is why they are no free ranging Rhinos in Uganda. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only location in Uganda, where rhinos can be observed in their natural habitat. The sanctuary started with a total of six animals, four that were bought from Solio Ranch in Kenya and two donated from Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in the United States. The rhino population in sanctuary has grown to twelve as of July 2012.

There are two types of rhinos in Africa today that is the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simumBlack . The two species of African rhino are similar in height, averaging about 1.6m at the shoulder, but the black rhino has roughly half the mass of a white rhino, weighing in at a demure 1000 kg.

Rhinos live alone; the closest rhino relationship is between a female and her calf lasting 2-4 years. They are also herbivorous animals that feed on leaves, buds and shoots of plants. Their gestation period is between 15 to 16 months giving birth to 1 to 6 cubs and their lifespan is 40 years.

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