By Watchdog reporter
During the last day of Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo on Sunday, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, Anastanaia Ndlovu paid a courtesy visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC).
The joyous minister was welcomed by UWEC boss, James Misinguzi who showed her around Uganda’s fun filled wildlife center.
Minister Ndlovu had a vast leisure of Uganda’s wildlife and she summed up her UWEC experience as “God bless Uganda”.
This was the first time for Minister Ndlovu to visit UWEC. She was appointed Minister in September 2015.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live. Take some time to learn how they live, eat, play, and talk.
Originally founded in the 1950s to accommodate confiscated and injured wildlife and to look after orphan animals which have been taken away from smugglers it has grown considerably in recent years. Many say its destined to become the most important showcase for wildlife on the African continent.
Created by the government of Uganda with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and managed by a Wildlife Trust, it never fails to delight. At UWEC you will come across free ranging Vervet monkeys and a family troop of DeBraza monkeys in the jungle of our hillside forest. Over 120 bird species can be watched ranging from the famous African fish eagle, over the Great Blue Turaco to Hammerkops, Giant Kingfisher and even the smallest sun birds.
UWEC is not a zoo in a conventional sense and neither is it a Safari Park but it is a center where wildlife education is combined with leisure. Our main aim is to model the main ecosystem of this country in open range exhibits. Not only can you observe many of our most exciting indigenous species here, but comprehensive interactive interpretation and briefings on them are also given.
If you are interested in botany you will also find live collections of traditional medicinal plants.
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