The Coronavirus pandemic has stopped many people from visiting zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Uganda. However, you can show your support to them by adopting an animal and donating for their care and survival. By Kumar Shree

You can now donate for the protection and feeding of the southern white rhino at the Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch. The sanctuary is battling dual demons of drying-up cash resources and constant poaching threats lingering around the beast. You can make a difference by contributing to the Adopt-a-Rhino programme. Your donations to the Rhino Fund Uganda will help with food and protection for 30 endangered inhabitants of the sanctuary. Unfortunately, these are the only ones surviving in the whole of Uganda.

 

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If you happen to pay an adoption fee of USD 500 (INR 38,110), you will receive a letter and timely updates about the rhino from the sanctuary officials. Your donations will also be used to pay salaries of the field staff and anti-poaching staff deployed at the sanctuary.

In an interview with Reuters, James Musinguzi, Executive Director of Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch, said that being closed for the public, “No more money is coming in.”
Organisations around the globe are trying to find ways of attracting resource to help them sustain through these tough times.

 

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Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) takes care of 280 animals including rhinos, reptiles, and birds that depend hugely on tourists for funding. As per its current situation, it can survive for two months before it runs out of operational funds.

The centre has also come up with virtual tours on its Facebook page. You can take these tours and donate directly to the centre for helping them.

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