Conservation Education Center – UWEC has received the first animal ambulance
thanks to the Wildlife fans and the Paradise Wildlife Park in United Kingdom.
The UWEC Executive Director,
James Musinguzi unveiled the ambulance at their premises on Wednesday
afternoon. The donation of the Ambulance is part of the 11-year-old partnership between
Paradise Wildlife Park and UWEC that has seen it staff trained in Wildlife
The 50,000-pound vehicle (about Shillings 243 million) is
installed with a strong lighting system to enable rescuers move to the
different animal habitats even during darkness, a custom belt and a dash camera
that enables management to track the movement of the vehicle especially in
The ambulance will be
able to carry wild animals especially in the cat species, which include
Cheaters, Lions and Leopards. It will also carry Chimpanzees, Baboons and other
primates. Despite the limited space of the vehicle, it will require an
institution of a crate to enable it transport heavy animals like
UWEC rescued up to 441 birds of different species, 180
reptiles and 284 mammals between 2014 and 2019 as a result of the conflict
between human activity and wildlife. The UWEC ED, James
Musinguzi says well as the ambulance is a great achievement for the wildlife
industry, government needs to buy a lot more in order to improve the industry,
which serves as an enabler for Uganda’s tourism.
//Cue in: “Time will come …
Cue out: … we go out.”//
//Cue in: “emotoka eno egenda …
Cue out: … netununula ensolo zino.”//
A hotline has also been set up for a search and rescue team under a new
structure put in place by the New Wildlife law that will provide for more jobs
for personnel in the search and rescue department to immediately help in the
rescue of animals endangered by illicit wildlife activities and diseases.
Barbara Alapo, the team leader of Curators at UWEC, says communities that
encroach on Wildlife habitats have negative perceptions against wildlife.
//Cue in: “But we have …
Cue out: … animals will increase.”//
Aaron Witnall, an officer from Paradise Wildlife Park, the lead organization
that donated the ambulance, says there is need for all stakeholders to look at
wildlife as a contributor to the country’s tourism earnings and preserve them.
//Cue in: “This is not
Cue out: … ways as well.”//
Flavia Kabahenda, the UWEC Board Chairperson says illicit Wildlife activities
remain a huge challenge that requires multinational cooperation so as to
protect the remaining wildlife across the world.