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Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

70 acres area located in Entebbe Uganda just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International airport. Three main ecosystems; Wetland, Savannah and Forest ( Uganda has four including mountain).

Funding support: Entry fees and GEF-PAMSU world bank (ended 2007)

Number of staff: 58

Number of visitors per year:

Overall aims of the centre

To educate the public on conservation of wildlife, with emphasis on the young generation in partnership with stakeholders.

Description of the centre

  • 70 acres area located in Entebbe Uganda just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe International airport
  • Opened in 1952 as an animal orphanage
  • Became traditional zoo in 1962
  • Turned into Conservation Education Centre for conservation awareness purposes
  • Three main ecosystems; Wetland, Savannah and Forest ( Uganda has four including mountain)
  • Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) is the coordinating Zoo for the Zoos in East, Central and West Africa as mandated by Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA).
  •  240 species of animals
  • 301,502 visitors per year

Main CEPA work areas

Conservation education both onsite and community/ school outreach
Rescue and rehabilitation of animals
Captive breeding of threatened species

Other programs that we run offsite; Biodiversity conservation and Ecotourim promotion at Lutembe and Makanaga wetland system,  Bush meat crisis conservation education program for Northern Uganda and annual climate change challenge for schools.

Top three successes

  • Hosting annual wetland international course on poverty reduction for Anglophone countries, thanks to adequate facilities and manpower.
  • Promoting conservation of Lutembe ramsar site through youth volunteerism in UWEC-UNV/UNDP program (Some support from UNDP)
  • Running of two children camps annually for children from rural areas for conservation of chimpanzees and rhinos (support from Cincinnati Zoo-USA)

Top three challenges

  • Inadequate instructional materials on Conservation Education (CE)
  • Lack of funds for publications and research
  • Inadequate training in program design, delivery and evaluation
  • Providing more training and initiating income generating projects that are environmental friendly among the communities neighboring protected wetlands/ramsar sites.  How?  Through sharing information via websites, publications,workshops,conferences and exchange visits

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information / Producing written materials / Using audio-visual tools / Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre / Managing / creating habitat / Running a visitor centre / Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Working with disabled people / Engaging hard-to-reach groups / Engaging young people / Engaging the local community / Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education / Delivering adult education / Working with primary schools / Lobbying / running campaigns  / Working with secondary schools / Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness / PR and marketing / Running effective administration / Health and safety / Fund-raising / Project planning / Recruiting local and international interns / Participating in environmental days / Organizing guided tours for visiting schools

Website address: www.uweczoo.org

Mr David Musingo
PO BOX 369, Entebbe, Uganda
E: dmusingo@yahoo.com or dmusingo@uweczoo.org
Tel: +256 772471052 or +256 41 320520
Fax: +256 41 320073

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