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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.

Try the forest trail at UWEC during your next visit!

When was the last time you went out to the forest? Had such a nice and natural breeze? Listened to the animals, birds or insects sounds so lound but organised?

Try it during your next visit to the wildlife education centre. Discover many free ranging animals from monkeys, birds to antelopes!

Want to swim on a safe clean beach? UWEC is for you!

Wondering where to spend your weekend, want a clean safe to swim beach with life savers and trained personnel ready to help at all time?

Don’t look else where, just come to the wildlife education centre, Entebbe. Watch the animals and make use of the longest beachline in Entebbe.

See you soon!

UWEC received a baby elephant feeding bottle

Last week, the wildlife education centre was delighted to receive a baby elephant feeding bottle from Dr. Brina Bunt. It is through people’s generous support that we are able to care for the rescued, confiscated and animals in distress and need at our facility.

Anybody can make a difference for wildlife. You too can contribute in kind or cash, Regardless of how small you think something is, we can’t do without it.

You can as well visit us and see many exciting rescued animals at the centre.

Catch our bird training and enrichment

New for 2015: You can join our avian team in training and providing enrichment of birds. Learn about the different bird behavior and conservation status. Get an insight on how our team works with them during open sessions on Saturday morning.

Meet interesting feathered friends including; peacocks, hens, parrots and many more every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am and 4 pm.

Contact our marketing and reservation team for details.

Imagine an Up-close and personal experience with the cheetahs!

Be part of the first people to take part in a thrilling one hour walk and experience with the cheetah as they make their daily enrichment exercises through the centre. Discover many amazing facts and experiences as you listen to the keeper talks and take photos of a life time.

Contact our marketing and reservation team for details.

UWEC New Lion joins the pride!

Following the end of his four months quarantine period and two weeks integration with a physical barrier between the pride and Letaba. It was all joy and excitement as our new male lion- Letaba finally joined the three girls.

There was no aggression or any attacks on the females as anticipated by the keepers, except that he spared no time of showing he was the “king” He straight away started copulating with Biza.

We will soon be unveiling Letaba (Kibonges heir) to the general public with other exciting lion feeding schedules. Don’t miss these and mother memorable experiences at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.picture716

UWEC, UWA & Santa Barbara Zoo- USA sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 31st July, 2015 the management of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Uganda Wildlife Authority and Santa Barbara Zoo, California- USA signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding.

The main objective of the tripartite collaboration is to maximize the conservation and preservation of the giraffe and ostrich populations in Kidepo Valley NP, and to improve livelihoods and sustainability for people in the Karamoja region as a whole.

Specifically, this collaboration encompasses the following actions:
1. Carry out a complete census of the ostrich population in Kidepo Valley NP, utilizing non-invasive, transect survey methods.
2. Collect ostrich fecal material to be analyzed to genetically determine the subspecies of ostrich in Kidepo Valley NP. It is suspected that the subspecies is the rare northern ostrich, S. c. camelus, and results of testing will inform future development of ostrich breeding and reintroduction centers in the Karamoja region. These centers could provide employment, and drive tourism to the area, while providing a place for ostrich to acclimate to the area before release.
3. Collaborate with UWA and UWEC to develop and facilitate education programs for local people in Karamoja region, with the goal of enhancing their knowledge and appreciation for the wildlife in and around Kidepo Valley National Park.

Speaking at the signing, Mr. James Musinguzi; Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Education Centre; and Dr. Andrew Seguya thanked the development partner; Santa Barbara Zoo which was represented by Ms Sheri Horiszny for their willingness to venture in helping the people of Uganda conservation wildlife resources for both local and global benefit.

We anticipate that this collaboration shall go a long away in achieving the stated objectives for the benefit of the local people.Mou signuwec

Uganda Celebrates the World Wildlife Day!

Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Wildlife Day on 3rd March, 2015. The celebrations started with pre events on 2nd March, 2015 in Kampala. These were presided over by the Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, Honorable Maria Mutagamba. They included public match which ended at the Uganda Museum with a public lecture, under the theme;fighting wildlife crime in Uganda, gaps challenges and successes. The paper was delivered by Dr. Andrew Seguya, the Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and critiqued by Goddy Muhanguzi Muhumuza (PHD student) Senior Legal Officer & Head Legal Unit at Makerere University.

In her remarks, the minister noted that Uganda has been associated with illicit wildlife trade mainly as a transit country for illegal wildlife products especially ivory, and recently rhino horns and pangolin scales.

“I am glad to report that significant progress has been made including the adoption of the National Wildlife Policy (2014) by Cabinet. The policy provides an enabling framework for conservation and sustainable development of the country¡¯s wildlife resources…¡± Honorable Maria Mutagamba, 2nd March, 2015.

At the main celebrations on 3rd March, 2015 held at UWEC. Mr. James Lutalo, the Commissioner Wildlife presided over the event on behalf of the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, whereas the Mayor of Entebbe Mr. Kayanja Vincent De¡¯ Paul was the Chief Guest.

At the event, UWEC showcased the quarantine/ veterinary unit, rescued and rehabilitated animals in addition to a series of presentations (music, dance and drama) performances from invited schools. A tree (Garcinia huillensis) was planted by the Mayor of Entebbe and other guests to commemorate the day.

UWEC acknowledges support from all the partners who made the day a success and would like to extend special thanks to; The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), Uganda Tourism Association (UTB), African Wildlife Foundation, Makerere University- COVAB, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), USAID, the media among others.

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