Kavumba Recreation Center in Wakiso town council has halved the
feeds of game animals under their care due to lack of sufficient funds
resulting from the Covid19 lockdown.
Collin Mwesigye, the Manager Kavumba Recreation Center, says the
lock down greatly affected their income forcing them to cut down on the
quantity of food they give the animals.
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According to Mwesigye, their daily collection dropped from
Shillings 4 million before the lock down was announced in March to only
This makes it difficult for management to raise adequate
funds to buy feeds for the animals.
About Shillings 1 million is needed to feed the animals each
The animals are fed on meat, vegetables, watermelon, grass and bananas among
other things, which are not readily available due to lack of funds.
Joseph Musonda, the Manager in Charge of the Zoo at Kavumba
Recreation Center, says since the Covid19 pandemic broke out in the country, crocodiles
only fed three times a week.
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Kavumba Recreation Center holds an E license issued by Uganda
The license allows the center to look after about 80
game animals including primates like monkeys and baboons, cats, snakes,
lizards, crocodiles, ostriches, parrots and crested cranes among others.
Most of the visitors at Kavumba Recreation Center are
foreign tourists and school children. Foreign tourists usually turn up during the peak
time of March, April, May, June and July in summer.
"But Covid-19 has cut off all these ones because of the
lockdown,” Mwesigye said. He however, says some parents started taking their
children to Kavumba Recreation Center to watch animals and swim because of the
partial lifting of the lockdown.
Asked how the center raises funds to feed the animals without sufficient gate
collections, Mwesigye said that in addition to UWA’s intervention to supplement
the little that is available, some community members also lend a hand.
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The center has a garden where it grows matooke, grass and fruits although at
times these get used up. Asked about transferring some animals to other
places due to lack of enough feeds, Mwesigye said their licence doesn’t provide
for such arrangements.
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Godfrey Kayondo, a resident of Kavumba says even with the lockdown,
the neighbors of the center remain safe since the animals are locked inside
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In June this year, URN published a story
indicating that reptiles at Nile Reptile Park in Jinja district
had been left to starve after increased water levels made the area inhabitable.
The water totally submerged three cages affecting two Egyptian cobras, three
vipers, six pythons and an unspecified number of chameleons.