The Uganda Wildlife Education Center – the main ex-situ conservation site in Uganda and one of the popular Uganda Safari tour sites is in the preparations of receiving a new lion before the end of November.
to the information disclosed by the UWEC Executive Director Mr. James
Musinguzi, the lion will come in as a donation from the United Kingdom’s
Paradise Wildlife Park. This comes as a second time since last year
that the center is receiving a donated lion following the coming of
Letaba from the Lion Park South Africa as a replacement of Kibonge – the
centre’s oldest lion that succumbed to death at the age of eighteen
(18) years. This is anticipated to increase the centre’s vibrancy and
make it a key site for travelers on safaris in Uganda.
new lion is called Kasanga and is six (6) years old. It is a lively
individual that will excite a range of visitors to the centre most
especially the School children that always come in for conservation
education. Besides the site visits, UWEC also reaches out to functions
and exhibitions with such wildlife species to increase the awareness
about conservation and the public interest in lions has been
Apparently, UWEC was in need of another lion that
would remain behind if the center wishes to arrange an outreach
conservation education programme. Therefore, the introduction of Kasanga
is a move that has been welcomed by both hands.
The population of lions has been on drastic decrease especially in the Uganda tour destination
of Queen Elizabeth National Park due to human wildlife conflict and
thus the need to increase efforts as regards their conservation through
public awareness campaign is long overdue. The UWEC takes the centre
stage in such situation.
Mr. Ian Jones the Head of Cats at
Paradise Wildlife Park noted that the preparations including arranging
the required paperwork such as the International certificates are in
progress so as to ensure the transfer the lion to destination Uganda.
features other lions in the wild especially in Kidepo Valley, Murchison
Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks and being members of the Big
five, they are always on the list of what to see for travelers planning Safaris to Uganda.