Year: 2016

Year: 2016

Meet our latest Rescued Red Headed Love Birds

On 2nd December, 2016. Mr. Beniah Jonathan took on the initiative to contact our 24 hour line about the two Red headed love birds (Agopornis pullarius) that Tony (a good Samaritan) had help to rescue in Kulambiro- Kampala.
The tree (home) was cut down for establishment of a homestead. Imagine what the mum was up to, as she returned with no avail of the chicks and home!

The two (2) birds are happily adjusting to the new environment and will soon be set free, once they are in position to fade for themselves. We will try to maintain minimal human contact in preparation for will release. The chicks are estimated to be two (2) weeks old.

Our thanks and appreciation to Mr. Beniah Jonathan and Tony (who rescued the birds) for being good wildlife ambassadors.

Visit UWEC and see the birds, before we set them free!

Meet our 63 Kilograms Rock Python!

We were contacted by Mr. Kasozi a resident of one of the villages near Bujuko town along Mityana road on Tel No.0790852593 and his communication asserted that they had captured a big snake and they wanted UWEC to respond by going to collect it from their farm.

Dr. Kyaligonza instructed our team to go for this rescue mission and we set off from the centre at around 11:00 am and we reached the scene at around 2 O’clock.
The snake was found tied by a plastic rope on two opposite trees. The residents had captured the reptile in the morning. She weighed kilograms, twice the weight of our current individuals.

The African rock python was tied in the middle part of its body leaving the head alert and ready to strike at anyone who tried attack or come close to her.

The residents were sensitized on the need to coexist with other creatures.
Visit us and learn more about reptiles.

Look out for our new lion- Kasanga

We are pleased to inform you that through the Paradise Wildlife Park- (UK) program; Bringing Back Lions to Africa. Soon, the centre will be receiving Kasanga, a 6 year male lion.

The centre received a male lion- Letaba from South African Lion Park, as a replacement for the 18 year old Kibonge (RIP) in 2014.
The head of the cats at the Paradise wildlife Park, Ian Jones, says the concerned parties are working on getting the necessary paper work like the international certificates to facilitate the transportation of the Lion to Uganda.

“Through Paradise wildlife safari Park, we have coordinated with Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordhsire who have currently decided that they would like to have their lion come here to UWEC and we are hopeful it will be here this month or so” Mr Jones said.

Make time and visit UWEC so that you can see; Letaba (lion) and three lionesses; Zara , Biza and Mutagamba.

Minister implores Stakeholders to add value to tourism products in Uganda.

On his recent visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, the Minister of State for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon Kiwanda Godfrey Ssubbi commended the board, management and staff of the centre for their innovations and contributions to Tourism development in Uganda.
The minister was thrilled to take part in hands on touristic activities that offer a visitor not only the chance to explore, but actually take part in caring for the rescued wildlife under UWEC’s care. Hon Kiwanda met some of our long stay volunteers, (1 week volunteers) from the United States of America and Canada who expressed their gratitude to the people of Uganda.
Lisa and David told the minister about their incredibly unique experience they obtained, working with the staff of the centre; as animal caretakers for the different animals. To them, this was far better than just going on a safari drive anyway in the world!
It is through such initiative that we will be able to excite more visitors to come to Uganda for meaningful tourism, if we are to increase tourist arrivals from 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 per year, which is the Ministry of Tourism Target by 2020 (Hon. Kiwanda G. Ssuubi)
Hon. Kiwanda further alluded to the fact that the word of mouth that a satisfied tourist goes back home with is very powerful than engagement in an image or marketing campaigns for products that don’t give value and experiences to the client.
He therefore called upon all stakeholders to support the drive to “unlock the tourism potential of Uganda” aimed at improving service and value addition to the key attractions. He thus mentioned that UWEC had been chosen as a launch venue, aware that it’s a window on Uganda (Somebody can have Uganda at a glance) and later on plan to explore more!

Visit UWEC and experience the thrill today!

Abandoned wild lion cub, finds haven @ UWEC!

On Sunday 17th July, 2016 whilst on a game drive with visitors in Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) rangers over heard a lion cub, in the deep trench, and later on spotted a pride as they went on with the game drive.

On returning the following day, the cub was over heard in the same area , which led to the intervention of UWA rangers and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) team.

The cub was found trapped in a trench, looked depressed and dehydrated. The one week old cub weighs 1.24kg.

Today 18th July, 2016. He reached our facility at UWEC Zoo, Entebbe where he will have a 24 hour surrogate mother for the next couple of months as we monitor his health.

Like humans and many other animals, lion cubs are initially born helpless. Although they have the ability to crawl the day after they are born, they remain blind for a week. That means they have to rely much on their mothers for food and protection. Even after this sensitive period though, the lion cubs may remain close and dependent on their mothers for about two more months.

Mothers of cubs however are not solely responsible for their young. Since they live in a pride with other females that are biologically related to them, lactating lionesses allow lion cubs of other lionesses to suckle. Apparently, this pride behavior is more than a gesture of goodwill. The ready access to milk sources promotes better cub survival and growth. In a way, this is a survival mechanism.

Visit UWEC Zoo to learn more about the big cats and other orphaned animals under our care today!

UWEC Recognized as an All Inclusive Wildlife & Recreational Facility in Uganda

In recognizing the role that Uganda Wildlife Education Centre plays, Embrace Kulture, Entebbe Children Welfare School, the Municipal Council today joined Madeline Stuart in recognizing the Wildlife Centre as a pioneer Zoo in Africa to encourage and promote outdoor activities for persons with special needs, at an event that was graced by over 70 persons with special needs, at UWEC Zoo.
Madeline Stuart is an 18 year old model from Brisbane, Australia with Down Syndrome. As with many people with Down Syndrome Maddy struggled with her weight for a long time, and last year she decided to get healthy and chase after her dreams.

Maddy really wants to change the way people discriminate against disability through gaining attention through social media. She wants people to know that Down Syndrome is a blessing, something to be celebrated. “She loves the camera! People need to see how she shines, how her personality just bursts out.” Help Maddy get her message across by sharing her photos and her story and make the world a better place.

At UWEC, we are proud to have host Maddy and other persons with special needs.

You can bring your child, family member at our facility and you will be sure that we will take care in a manner that their beloved ones would!

Please visit UWEC with persons with special needs.

The Executive Director UWEC Re elected on PAAZA Executive Committee

Mr. James Musinguzi,the Executive Director UWEC was re elected to the Executive Committee of the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria at the last PAAZA conference held in South Africa.
He bounces back as the chairman of the East, West and Central Africa chapter of Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquria.


In the picture above, John Wearth, James Musinguzi and Esther, the PAAZA chair in Aouth Africa.

The IGG & Team visit UWEC

Off the Inspectorate General of Government busy schedule, UWEC was privileged to host and take through the management team through the different visitor programs and operations of the centre. The team visited our quarantine facilities, animal clinic in addition to some breathing taking and up close animal experiences in our behind the scenes programs.

The team got an opportunity to watch the rescued cheetahs, elephant, African Rock Python, Giraffe in addition to other animals. For many of the participants, it was their first time to visit the centre after their school days!
They were largely impressed with the facility operations. The IGG staff were overheard planning to come back with their families and friends!

You too, can participate in similar behind the scenes experiences at wildlife education centre!

Number of Rescued Animals Increase

During the months of March and April, 2016. We received 36 community calls, requesting UWEC to intervene in; problem animals, stray or animals they deemed dangerous to the communities.

Due to distance and resource constraints we managed to respond in time to some cases and where we deemed necessary gave advise on how communities could live harmoniously with wildlife, including reducing on rates of encroachment on their habitats.

The following animals have now become our residents, pending release back to the wild;

4 Snakes (1 African Rock Python, 2 Gabon Viper, 1 forest Cobra)
2 Birds (crown crested crane and Marabou stork)
1 Velvet monkey, rescued in a garage in Mengo, Kampala.

At the garage, the mechanics told us that they had held the the velvet monkey for close to two years. They could serve him with beer, sugar cane, cigarettes etc and he had become their “darling”, although confined on a rope at the mercy of sun, rain and anybody who cared to give him some food remains!

In all our rescues, we managed to engage communities on how they could peacefully coexist with wildlife.

It is our hope that you to can support us to in ensuring that the few wildlife left is conserved for our children.

Rescued Osprey (Pandion Haliaetus) from Helsinki Finland!

As went on with business on 26th January, 2016. Our rescue team received an emergency call from the airport authorities at Entebbe International Airport.

We wasted no time and rushed to the scene, where we found a bird that had been hit by the plane. The wings were completely shuttered and had to be amputated. He is steadily improving .

The Osprey (formerly classified with the hawk) had a ring from Finnish Museum of Natural History. And judging from the number of number bird species at our beach since December, 2015. Are are sure is one of the migratory birds that fly from Europe. The raptor therefore must have flown all the way from Helsinki Finland to Uganda!

He is 1.8 ft (length). Ospreys are unusual among hawks in possessing a reversible outer toe that allows them to grasp with two toes in front and two behind. Barbed pads on the soles of the birds’ feet help them grip slippery fish. When flying with prey, an Osprey lines up its catch head first for less wind resistance.

In their 15 to 20 years lifetime, Ospreys can migrate 160,000 miles. During 13 days in 2008, one Osprey is recorded to have flown 2,700 miles—from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to French Guiana, South America.

They are generally classified as birds of least concern, with their population steadily increasing world wide.

Visit us, learn and watch many other migratory birds at our beach today.