The Uganda Wildlife Education Center is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda. The place also enables one to understand the ecosystems in which these animals live. Take some time to learn how they live, eat, play, and talk.
The Wildlife center was originally founded in the 1950s to accommodate confiscated and injured wildlife and to look after orphan animals which have been taken away from smugglers. The wildlife center has since grown considerably in recent years. Many say its destined to become the most important showcase for wildlife on the African continent.
What to see at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center
Created by the government of Uganda with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and managed by a Wildlife Trust, it never fails to delight.
At UWEC you will come across :
- free ranging Vervet monkeys and a family troop of DeBraza monkeys in the jungle of our hillside forest.
- Over 120 bird species can be watched ranging from the famous African fish eagle, over the Great Blue Turaco to Hammerkops, Giant Kingfisher and even the smallest sun birds.
UWEC is not a zoo in a conventional sense and neither is it a Safari Park but it is a center where wildlife education is combined with leisure. Our main aim is to model the main ecosystem of this country in open range exhibits. Not only can you observe many of our most exciting indigenous species here, but comprehensive interactive interpretation and briefings on them are also given.
If you are interested in botany you will also find live collections of traditional medicinal plants.
Activities at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center
A 1000m forest walk encountering over 50 different animal species represented by over 200 animals. All housed in large open air enclosures to simulate their natural habitat in the wild. It also a bird watchers paradise where 250 bird species can be seen. There are also opportunities of visiting the medicinal plant gardens with over 500 herbs with information about diseases they cure.