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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,
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#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.

 

UWEC Continues to Inspire love and care for nature!

As we join the rest of the world to mark  the World Environment Day this 5th Day of June, 2017, we need to recall that Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) formerly called the Entebbe Zoo has been educating and inspiring visitors since its inception in 1952. With over 250 incredible species, exciting and semi natural enclosures that depict Uganda’s major eco systems and environment. UWEC’s innovation has seen Ugandans and the global community visit and not only enjoy the wonders of nature, but learn how we are connected.

Its your hope that all stakeholders undertake key actions that will enable mother Earth continue to support us, beyond our own generation. We call upon members of the public to embrace simple actions that will enable us live in a more sustainable manner. We encourage people to embrace simple actions such as not to litter, reduce acts that promote human wildlife conflicts, energy or water conservation, tree planting etc.

At UWEC, we believe that it’s just the simple actions we undertake each day that will make a difference.

UWEC zoo is a great day out paradise for people of all walks of life and ages. We can share these and more actions on your next visit and help connect people to nature!

Happy World Environment Day.

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!

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