ENTEBBE UWEC ZOO
Entebbe UWEC Zoo provides the best option for day trips and excursions for those having one or two nights in Entebbe. Located at the shores of Lake victoria which is the largest fresh water lake in Africa, Uganda wildlife Education center commonly known as Entebbe UWEC Zoo offers the best introduction to Uganda’s flora and fauna’s National Park. Entebbe UWEC Zoo houses as many plants and animals in a near world situation and one can spend half, whole day or even two days in this facility.
History of Entebbe UWEC Zoo
Uganda Wildlife Education Center started as a zoo but was later upgraded to a wildlife Education Center. Most rescued animals would be brought to Entebbe UWEC Zoo and due to the need of educating the population about wildlife conservation; it was upgraded to a Wildlife Education center where tourism is combined with learning to conserve wildlife in Uganda. So many Ugandans and Foreigners flock this center for tourism and learning and it is very hard to go there and you do not find groups of school going children and individual families.
What to see at Entebbe UWEC Zoo
Uganda Wildlife Education Center has many things to see ranging from animals that are free ranging, those in cages, birds and several tree and shrubs. Animals such as lions, leopards, white rhinos, elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees and so much more can easily be viewed while at Entebbe UWEC Zoo.
What to do at Entebbe UWEC Zoo
Uganda Wildlife Education Center has packaged a number of activities at affordable costs for those interested in visiting the center. While at Entebbe UWEC Zoo, you can decide to participate in the general guided tour around UWEC. With this, you are given a guide who will walk you around showing you all attractions at UWEC while attending to all your questions. You may choose to participate in behind the scene program to learn more about what takes place behind the scene. Other exciting activities include chimpanzee close up that allows you to get up close with chimps. Chimpanzee close up will require you to have certain medications so need to contact us for details.
What you can do for Entebbe UWEC Zoo
Uganda Wildlife Education Center normally depends on visitor fees to sustain the daily running and feeding of animals at the center. By visting UWEC, you will be assisting in the running of the center. You can also volunteer with some programs or be a friend of UWEC by sponsoring to look after any given animals. Kindly contact Encounter Africa safaris for details.
In some respects a visit to the zoo is even better than a much more expensive safari at such national parks as Queen Elizabeth because the animals are close up, accessible yet they have their own large compounds ~ in fact in the giraffe enclosure we couldn’t even see the boundary fence. Whilst more expensive for foreign nationals than locals, the Entebbe zoo represents good value for money, and, during less busy periods, a member of staff will act as an informative guide ~ without expecting financial recompense at the end of the tour.
You start off, if you choose to do so, at at the zoo’s museum then progress around the zoo following the forest trail where you can see mammals ranging from lions, giraffes, crocodiles, rhinos to birds and butterflies in a relaxed environment.
There is a lakeside restaurant and a play area for younger kids as well. One word of caution; there are free running monkeys through-out the zoo and they are rabies infected so keep your distance. They won’t approach you, but will protect themselves if feeling threatened.
Entebbe Zoo was founded in 1950 with the aim of caring for injured animals and those who had been confiscated from poachers and is today described as “not a zoo in a conventional sense and neither is it a Safari Park but it is a centre where wildlife education is combined with leisure.”
It certainly fulfills that role and even offers a volunteer program as well as opportunities for children to become zoo keeper for the day ~ not just for local children but foreign nationals as well. Although around £40 for a day to be a day keeper the profit goes towards the care of the animals and food, drink and a certificate of participation are included in the cost. The zoo also offers packages for local school children where they can meet the animals and learn about ecosystems in Uganda and what they can do to build and enhance them for future generations. It costs around £10 to visit Entebbe Zoo per person.