Entebbe – The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) on Thursday joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Zoo and Aquarium Educators. The celebrations focused not only on shining the light on the tireless efforts of the first line educators but also on Zoo educators sharing experiences of what they do on a day to day.
The Executive Director of UWEC, Dr James Musinguzi said the body was happy to honor and recognise the great educators who do their best to pass on skills, knowledge, mindset change as well as create awareness to visitors at the Centre.
“Zoo Educators play a big role in changing mindsets and attitude of people, communities, children, towards positive conservation action,” Dr Musinguzi said.
According to Dr Musinguzi, the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center Act 2015 was enacted with the main mandate of carrying out conservation education not only for Ugandans but non-Ugandans as well with special emphasis on the young generation.
Africa Tembelea also understands that UWEC is currently carrying out feasibility studies to look at the variability and sustainability of the regional conservation centers that they plan on setting up.
The centers he [Dr Musinguzi] said, will create jobs for Ugandans, market for animal food from communities around and also act as immediate wildlife rescue centers.
On his part, Kitagenda Sinan, the Founding Chairman, Wildlife Club, Makerere University said he was delighted to join the celebrations.
“The Entebbe Zoo has done tremendous work to bring the ideal realm of conservation through Education. With over 56 different species of animals and over 256 total number of animals on display, it calls for a robust work force to teach the nation the importance of nature conservation.”
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Founded in 1972 by a group of European zoo educators, IZE’s aim was to create a forum where zoo educators could meet every two years to discuss and share ideas and common interests. The founding members included those from Frankfurt Zoo, Amsterdam Zoo, Paignton Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo.