August 24, 2006 – Disney Donates Two White Rhinos to Africa
“I think the four rhino already living in Ziwa can’t wait to teach the new arrivals a thing or two about living in the wild.” – Lilian Nsubuga, Uganda Wildlife Authority Spokesman
On August 24, 2006, two white rhinos took their first steps on African soil after living in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida. The rhinos were taken to Africa to help boost the dwindling numbers there, as only about 17,500 exist in the wild. They were released in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in the Nakasongola district, located outside of Kampala. The rhinos, Nande (7-years-old) and Hasani (5-years-old), were a little wary once removed from the crate, but sanctuary workers were hopeful that they would acclimate to their new home and breed within the next year.