The projection comes after the installation of Zakayo the second, as the heir to Ugandas oldest chimp Zakayo-the-first, who succumbed to old age and Chronic Gastroenteritis in April ending a 54-year-life journey that started in Semuliki National Park.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre-UWEC has projected an increase in the number of tourists visiting the Entebbe based tourism site by the end of this year. Currently, the centre receives 310,000 tourists every year.
The projection comes after the installation of Zakayo the second, as the heir to Uganda's oldest chimp Zakayo-the-first, who succumbed to old age and Chronic Gastroenteritis in April ending a 54-year-life journey that started in Semuliki National Park.
The Joyous Chimp was rescued from the jungles in 1964 by a White man who kept him until he was 14 years before surrendering him to UWEC in 1976. He had spent 42-years in the custody of Wildlife conservation officials, serving as the alpha male and oldest Chimp in the East, West and central Africa.
Isaac Mujaasi, the Programs and Public Relations Officer at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre said Zakayo the second was chosen as an heir because he too was rescued under similar circumstances.
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Mujaasi is optimistic that the heir would increase the number of tourists to the Wildlife Education Center, bridging the gap that was left by Zakayo the first.
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However, Richard Ssekyondo, the Deputy Mayor for Entebbe municipality says that the municipality is laying strategies of tapping into revenues generated by tourism sites.
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Mujaasi, however, indicated that they need to work hand in hand to the first ensure the safety of the wildlife in order to enable other partners to benefit from the education centre
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The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre currently receives up to 310,000 tourists up from 124,000 in 1997 when Zakayo was branded tourism ambassador.