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UWEC Seeks 15 Billion Ugx to Take Care of Animals in the Zoo

UWEC Seeks 15 Billion Ugx to Take Care of Animals in the Zoo

Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center (UWEC) also known as Entebbe Zoo management says it needs up to 15 billion shillings to take care of animals and keep scientists alive. UWEC is one of the most visited places by travellers during their Uganda safaris. 

The lockdown of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit hard the centre which hosts 291 wild animals of 52 different species as 70 per cent of their clients are students and the remainder are foreign visitors who have all been locked out.

When appearing today before the Parliament’s National Economy Committee that is scrutinizing the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, James Musinguzi, the centre’s Executive Director says they need support to ensure that the animals are well managed. He also says they need funds to prevent laying off at the centre scientists and vital personnel.

We need 8.2 billion for activities, and 6.6 billion for growth in the financial year 2020/2021, according to Musinguzi.

Musinguzi says that after the impact of COVID-19 they have recently appealed to the government, and the government has supplied them with 750 million shillings, but also a fundraiser that has supported them with 50 million shillings that have sustained them so far. He claims they have lost as much as three billion shillings since the closure.

The centre requires 1 billion for animal food and health care, 2.7 billion for personnel expenses, 1 billion for the development of the Zoo’s standard operating procedures and 700 million for outstanding payments to suppliers.

He also says they need 3 billion for a satellite wildlife conservation education centre, 2.5 billion for a biodiversity floating bar, 650 million for building animal exhibits and 500 million for CCTV cameras.

Musinguzi says they need this money because even when the world reopens, for example, students will be concerned about school and have no time to visit the centre.

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