Free Entry as Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Celebrates 72 Years

Nature lovers today get a free treat as Uganda Wildlife Education Centre celebrates seventy years of its existence.

“All gates are open to everybody who would like to watch what UWEC offers, free of charge. It is part of our celebrations to mark seventy-two years of our existence,” UWEC nature educator Diana Kibuuka told URN yesterday evening.

“Children, adults, Ugandans and non-Ugandans are all free to come and view.  We are not charging anything,” says Kibuuka.

Businessmen and enterpreneurs will also be availed an opportunity to showcase their products at a small exhibition fee, Kibuuka said adding that the mileage will be great as they expect big numbers of visitors of varying ages, gender, likes and nationalities. The exhibition will go on up to Sunday. 

However the free entry for visitors is for only today. The usual entry charges are ten thousand shillings for adults and five thousands for teenagers. The centre is also holding football, netball and volley-ball corporate leagues with a number of companies and organisations to foster corporate brotherhood.

“You know a number of companies support us by sponsoring the feeding of this or that animal.  It is only fair that we show appreciation through sport and other activities as we also encourage others to come on board,” said Kibuuka.

The centre, formally known as Entebbe Zoo is home to various species including the big wild cats (lions, leopards and cheetahs), the king herbivores (elephants, buffaloes, hippos) and reptiles including snakes, tortoises and lizards. Birds are also in plenty. Captivating also are man’s relatives, chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys.

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