2015 February

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February 19, 2015by admin0

It was all pant hoots and excitement from our residents- the chimps, immediately they accessed the new enrichment facilities at the island. This was after a few hours wait, when the team worked tirelessly in constructing swings.

Through our collaboration with the three Yokohama zoos; Zoorasia, Nogoyema and Kanazawa. The three Japanese experts that spend three weeks working and training the UWEC staff came along with over 45 kilograms of horse pipes.

Aware that chimps like spending time in trees, we used the pipes to make swings in their day holding facility. We are happy to report that, our chimps are now eager to leave the holding facility for the island every morning. We think that the excitement to swing and bi-pedal along the fire horse is what is driving them into the new behavior.

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February 19, 2015by admin1

UWEC recognizes the support of Yokohama Greenery Foundation in Japan and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), who have donated a solar power system worth $ 8,040, to power the Ostrich incubator at UWEC. The incubator and hatchery was initially donated by Care for Karamoja in 2012, thanks to Sheri Horizny and Saint Barbra Zoo in California for this great and noble gesture.

We are already taking care of  40 eggs and successfully hatched local chicks over the last two weeks. The objective of this project is to hatch these birds and distribute them to local communities around protected areas in order to provide them with a source of protein with an aim of reducing pressure on wildlife through Bush meat and poaching.

The donated equipment will serve as a power back up to the diesel generator and Hydro electricity (UMEME). The solar system will help solve the power cuts problems which have crippled our incubation programs in the past.

UWEC and their friends would like to thank the Greenery Foundation, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Uganda and Yokohama as well as Sheri Horizny and the Saint Barbra Zoo in California, USA for the continued support.