Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) is mourning the death of Letaba, one of the centres male lions that died today enroute from Fort portal.
“UWEC is deeply saddened to announce the death of Letaba, one of her male lions, aged 10years-old that died today, 13th September 2019, at 0900hrs,” reads a statement from UWEC Executive Director, Dr James Musinguzi.
The team from UWEC had travelled to Fort Portal on Friday September 6, 2019 to carry out a Conservation Education Program during Empango celebrations of Toro Kingdom.
“On return from the conservation education program in Toro, the transport truck that was carrying Letaba, swerved off the road leading to collision of animal crates and in the process, the lion crate gave way and it [Letaba] escaped to nearby community animal farm,” Dr Musinguzi said.
The Lion, was later on cited in the community at round 7:00am highly charged and had already killed 3 pigs and injured 1 cow.
“The Veterinary Doctor tried to dart him in vain and since he had become highly agitated, dangerous and threatening human life, a decision was made after consultations to put him out of action at 0900hrs on Friday 13th September, 2019,” Dr Musinguzi said.
The carcass has been transported back to UWEC for postmortem and the details are expected to be shared with responsible authorities.
“It is a very sad situation on the side of UWEC losing one of our iconic animal species and an ambassador of Conservation Education in Uganda,” Dr Musinguzi told Africa Tembelea.
Adding that, “the UWEC team appreciates the great collaboration of the Uganda police, UWA rangers, UWEC staff and community leaders who greatly provided support in this operation. We thank God that no human lives were lost in this incidence.”
– Letaba –
Letaba, meaning Happiness in Zulu Language, arrived Entebbe on Saturday April 18th, 2015 aboard South African Airways.The lion was a donation to Uganda Wildlife Education Center, by the Lion Park, South Africa.
The donation was granted at the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquarium Conference held at UWEC in May 2014. It was at this conference that the Director of Lion Park saw the need to replace the then aging male lion, Kibonge and offered their institutions support for a male lion.