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Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo

We thank all trade visitors and hosted buyers who made it a point to engage us at booth 41-Y at the 5th edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE) at the Speke resort hotel and conference center, from 4th-6th February, 2020 under the theme, ” Promoting intra-Africa Travel”

Sophie the Lioness

This is not the Lion King, an American animated story about Simba, Nala, Mufasa, or Scar. This is a true story about Sophie, a lioness handraised successfully at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre.

In Uganda’s oldest, best-known and biggest nature reserve northwest of Kampala, a litter of lion cubs was born in July 2016. Their mother fiercely defended, fed and protected them from predators. One day, at the Murchison Falls National Park, baby Sophie playfully got trapped in a hole by the road. It is presumed that mama Sophie had tried to rescue her baby,before she left her helpless. She continued her journey with her other cubs. Later on, as the rangers carried out routine day patrols, they heard softer meows and moans. They were concerned and followed the sound that led them to Sophie who was crying for help. They got her out, looked after her as they mounted a search for her family. During that time, they fed her on water and cow’s milk which is a good source of protein, calcium and other nutrients. Her family was out of sight, and the only option was to deliver her to Entebbe as part of the rescue, and rehabilitation program.

On a weekend, upon arrival in a home made hay box she weighed 980 grams. The animal caregivers had no special food for her.They searched the hospital until they came across Esbilac, a milk formula which is closest in composition to lioness milk with essential nutrients. Much as It had been fed on the cheetahs (Pian & Upe), the remainder was vital for Sophie’s survival. She was bottle fed for two months, and weaned after that( introduced to solid foods). Her diet comprised of lean mince , egg yolk and egg shells. With the guidance of the Vets, the caregiver Barbra added more nutrients with small quantities of milk. Sophie enjoyed her meals 4 times a day which were gradually reduced to 3 times a day. At 3 months, the lion cub was introduced to beef bone and a quarter kilograms of meat. During the day, she had a right to environmental enrichment where she took a walk from the veterinary hospital to the farm. She loved playing on the lawns and chasing insects. Barbra introduced a stick in her room to play with since she had reached a stage where she loved to bite.

Today, Sophie is a 3-year-old sleek and beautiful lioness. She turns 4 in July and sooner or later she will conceive. She is named Sophie after the wife of her sponsor from Asia who untiringly donated milk formula to ensure her survival.

World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2020

The Minister of State for Tourism Kiwanda Godfrey Ssubi, high-level representatives from the line ministry and conservation agencies garthered today at the Uganda Media Centre to address journalists about the forthcoming World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2020 celebration under the global theme ‘ Sustaining all life on earth’ and national theme ‘Sustaining Wildlife in Uganda for the benefit of the present and future generations’.
The national World Wildlife Day 2020 celebrations will be held at Ssaza grounds, Kisoro District in the Kigezi sub-region.

Our Waste Management Club

Our Waste Management Club has innovative ideas of dealing with the waste materials since it is an awkward task for most communities. Today, the Club embarked on turning waste into something useful and decorative such as crafts which is an ideal proposition for reusing the discarded waste and creating things that are more beautiful and help in saving the environment as well.

Chimpanzee Enrichment

Chimpanzees have famously been observed using tools in the wild to gather food, often with sticks that are used to fish termites from their mounds. We have an artificial termite mound that provides enrichment for the resident chimps.

Just like human beings think of puzzles and devices that require problem solving, their closest relatives with whom they share 98.7% DNA also enjoy enrichment which gives them positive interactions with their environments and encourages them to be active and explore in ways they naturally would in the wild.
Enrichment occurs when animal keepers introduce new scents, objects or food like honey to our animals in order to stimulate natural behaviors.

Certificate of Appreciation

Paying taxes gives a feeling of responsibility, of being part of the fabric of our country, of contributing to the common good.
We thank you for your support that has enabled us to pay taxes promptly and earn such an appreciation from the Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority.

Drive 4 Wildlife Farewell party

Visitors always give pleasure–if not arrival,the departure. We held a farewell party for Drive 4 Wildlife guests from the United Kingdom on Tuesday night. They received a token of appreciation that represents Uganda. Each got a thank you card, Kikoyi shirt-one of Uganda’s universal African wears, a barkcloth hat and a bottle of Uganda Waragi premium.
Prior to that, we participated in fitness drills and a soccer match.

Conservation through Art, champions rewarded@ UWEC

Yesterday, 42 students drawn from the key regions of Uganda were rewarded at a function held at UWEC.

Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre in partnership with the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and support from African Wildlife Foundation and USAID run regional competition among schools. The national theme was “listening to the young voices”, a similar theme adapted at the World Wildlife Day cerebration on 3rd March, 2017 for Uganda.

The event was grassed by Her Excellency Deborah R. Malacor, the US Ambassador in Uganda, Prof Emphraim Kamuntu, Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Mr. James Musinguzi, the Executive Director UWEC,  heads of government agencies and Conservation Partners.

In her remarks, the US ambassador noted that; “the U.S Government is committed to promoting the sustainable management of Uganda’s natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations, through improving national agencies capacity to deal with key challenges of conservation” But inspiring young people to appreciate and preserve these resources is the best step in a right direction.

Its on this basis that the US Governmenet through USAID Biodiversity project and African Wildlife Foundation received support.



Recognizing the best young Wildlife Art Challenge Champions 2017  @Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, Entebbe. The chief
#”Listening to the young voices” with support from African Wildlife Foundation, USAID, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife & Antiquities.
#Our future stewards,
#Conserving through art.

UWEC receives PAAZAB Chairperson’s Award

PAAZA Chairman’s Award


The Chairman’s Award is bestowed on any individual or organisation whose contribution or service to the Association has contributed significantly to the advancement of the Association and its objectives.


We are proud that we have an Institutional Member, that through inspiring leadership, has  great success in bringing the message of conservation to its region, who is a leader in wildlife rescue and species recovery, and above all, is situated in one of the most beautiful countries in Africa.


Opening in 1952 as Entebbe Zoo, it was converted in 1994 by the Uganda Wildlife Education Trust primarily as a Conservation Education center. Animals at UWEC are used to inspire behaviour change and conservation action, especially focused on young people. Main operations include wildlife rescue, quarantine services and species recovery.


UWEC has embraced the Vision and Mission of PAAZA and has been instrumental in opening up the path of our Association into Africa, with James Musinguzi as regional Chair. It is instrumental in operating the Bushmeat Crisis Africa initiative to such an extend that it is now a registered WAZA Project. David Musingo has clearly stated their reach into Africa by his presentation at this conference. UWEC has hosted two PAAZA annual conferences as well as keeper training and other workshops.


It gives me the greatest please to bestow on the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, the PAAZA Chairperson’s Award. The PAAZA community appreciates this with great appreciation and acknowledges proudly your contributions to the association and is looking forward to continuing mutual support.


Yours sincerely


Esther van der Westhuizen

PAAZA Chairperson 2017

Meet Zakayo (54), our Chimp Champion!

A​s we mark the Heroes day in Uganda on this 9th Day of June, 2017. Very few people would actually think of some non-human primate as being champions or idols of conservation! At 54 years old, Zakayo’s name is synonymous to chimpanzees at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Visitors at the facility, now in their forties or fifty years of age vividly recall the days he lived in a cage. They tell stories of how he would be offered cigarettes in return for his acrobatic antics. Many visitors who saw him in the 1980’s often ask if he is actually alive or already succumbed to tuberculosis or associated ailments? On pointing out who is Zakayo at a feeding, the joy and reciting of the ruined past he went through is often the story that comes to their mind.

Zakayo has seen the arrival of new infant chimps at UWEC, often victims of; bushmeat trade, habitat destruction or pet trade since the 1970s. He makes the integration of nee or infants chimps into the group look very simple, except Kirri (maphrodite chimp).

Although he is no-longer the alpha male, Zakayo has seen the rise of Matooke, Aluma and Onapa challenge each other for the alpha male position. In all their endeavors, Zakayo comes out as a peace lover. He has not disrupted the transfer of leadership or their efforts of building alliances as an effort to cling onto the alpha male position! He is no longer involved in aggressive displays or fights. He has not built any alliance with any alpha male contender in the group. When there is chaos, he is always one individual that the aggrieved runs to for consolation.

At UWEC, we can rightly say that Zakayo (54) years is such a good grand papa and leader. He has become Senile, but still highly respected member of the UWEC Zoo chimps.

Zakayo represents a captive chimpanzee conservation success in Uganda. You are the UWEC Zoo HERO and ambassador who continues to speak out for individuals of your kind, to remain in the wild.

Happy Heroes Day from Zakayo and hope to see you soon at the Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe.


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