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.
Esther van der Westhuizen
PAAZA Chairperson 2017