Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo) is located 15 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, 36 kilometers from Uganda's capital Kampala. The centre cares for rescued animals, often victims of bush meat trade, habitat destruction, or illegal trade. Individuals that can make it in the wild, are released back. We don't buy animals nor use them for entertainment, but rather as ambassadors to help save and maintain those in the wild, wild! Listen to interpretative talks from our; keepers, guides work with animals every day. You can sign up as an animal surrogate mother for a day, participate in behind the scene experiences or simply spend a night in our hostel or African cottages as you await your flight or meeting! Our facility is ideal for both short and long stay/ visits, whilst in Uganda. Secure day and night parking available or quick access to public transport/ taxi is just a call away. We are always thrilled to receive your at UWEC Zoo, Entebbe.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Katoo1989
    Schiedam, The Netherlands4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice experience in Entebbe!
    Today we visited the wildlife center in Entebbe. We did a 'behind the scenes' tour and we were guided by Geofrey. Geofrey knew a lot about the animals. It's unbelievable how much knowledge this man has. We've learned a lot. We were able to get up close to the lions, giraffes and rhino, among other things, because we did the special tour. We were even allowed to feed most of the animals! This is not a 'normal' zoo. Injured animals are cared for here and many animals are eventually returned to nature. Some cages are still a bit small, but they are working hard on that. If you stay in Entebbe, a visit to this wildlife center is highly recommended!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2024
  • David M
    24 contributions
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    A pleasant layover visit with Lake Victoria shoreline meal
    We had an 8 hour layover in Entebbe and did not want to hang around in the airport so got an East Africa Tourist visa so we could leave and continue on to Rwanda that day covering both countries immigration requirements, and found a tour operator company that kept all our luggage (no checkin before 3 hours prior to departure, and had a driver take us to the Entebbe Zoo, where we had a lovely veggie burger, house made, served on Lake Victoria in the restaurant in the zoo. We enjoyed our meal immensely over airport food, saw some odd birds awaiting us feeding them—we didn’t. And relaxed, then saw the entire zoo in 90 minutes. The whole thing took about 4 hours, felt very relaxing and we returned to the airport to await checkin in plenty of time.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
  • MattKinsey
    Bridgend, United Kingdom40 contributions
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    Chimpanzee close up!
    Such an amazing experience at UWEC zoo doing the chimpanzee close up. It’s honestly one of the most amazing experiences you will ever do and give you the chance to meet the chimpanzees face to face and also help with their care. It’s worth every penny and before we return home from Uganda we will be doing it again. Also a special thanks to all the staff for being so kind and making our whole experience perfect.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
  • DayTrip61905996580
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best one day visit Tour in Uganda
    There is no better choice for a one day visit in Uganda than Uganda Wildlife conservation Education centre Entebbe. The ambience is cool with a lot of green, warm welcome from the attendants and there is a lot of animals to view especially if you visit with inquisitive children, the zoo attendant was very willing to answer all the questions. I liked the fish from the restaurant. Thank you so much UWCEC Entebbe for maintaining that rich diversity in nature!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2024
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kushty500
Crewkerne, UK64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It was a very hot day when we went and I wasn't feeling the best in the heat. I would call this a zoo not an education centre. Its not the worst zoo in the world and certain animals have plenty of space and are well looked after, some are much more restricted e.g the lions. The problem with the zoo is its not clear what animals are in the zoo and what animals have gatecrashed the zoo. This creates a problem for visitors as the Monkeys in the zoo are mostly from outside and roam freely scavenging from guests. They are aggressive especially if carrying their babies so be careful especially if you have young children. The admission charges are bizarre. I was in a family group of 6 children and 3 adults and the cost for me was more than the others combined. I can understand this if the zoo was a world leading facility and they wanted to encourage local people in a fraction of the cost for tourists but its not. It seems that money is being invested in new viewing platforms that could be better invested in the animal enclosure sizes firstly. Its not all bad, it has some well laid out paths and its easy to find your way around, but its a zoo. Also there is a playing area for children in the centre area, similar to that you would find in any UK town. Just be aware that someone will come and charge you 10,000 shillings per child after about 10 minutes. I'm not sure this is official, if so there are no signs. Drinks and food are ok and average prices for tourist locations in the area.
Written February 10, 2020
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Dear Kushty500, Our pricing is the most affordable in Entebbe and we feel we provide good value given our product diversity and location on the shores of Lake Victoria. The gate collections are used to sustain animal welfare programs. We regret that this was not your impression and offer our apologies.
Written September 16, 2021
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Sherpa657637
Freeland, WA6 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
I guess I had a different experience of the Uganda Wildlife Conservation facility. I felt it was no more than a zoo. I was told by someone who happened to be our tour guide that it was and did not understand how our tour company could send us there. I was appalled at the lion enclosure. There were approximately 7-8 lionesses and possibly a couple young lions crammed into a small room where they were lying on a concrete table . The room across housed a lion who was pacing back and forth. Our zoo guide was telling the other workers to let them out . He must have read my face . It was a sad experience .
Written January 20, 2020
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Dear Sherpa, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. All the animals in our care stay in enclosures over night, and free range in their exhibit during day. I would like to allay your fears about our enclosures. They were designed with a number of factors taken into account; Tlhe needs of the species, the number of animals the enclosure will house, the welfare and safety of the lions. We also consider the needs of you as a visitor maximising the potential for animal viewing balanced with lion's requirement for privacy. All of the needs of the lions were taken into account such as their behaviour, reproduction, habitat, feeding, and activity. The tables are wooden and not concrete. These give the lions the opportunity for climbing and keeping fit as part of their enrichment. We hope to see you soon for a detailed experience. Thank you once again.
Written September 16, 2021
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Israel Reiselei... U
Tel Aviv, Israel1,477 contributions
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Jul 2021
Getting in physical contact with our family members (hominidae) is a truly unique experience. It is sad to realize that the illegal trade in chimps continues, and places like the UWEC are required to allow them a decent life after rescue.

I did not like the overnight stays of the chimps, there is certainly room for improvement. Hoping that the whole troupe of 20 chimps can be reintroduced into one of the national parks within 2-3 years as scheduled.
Written August 16, 2021
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Dear Ushi-Guide Thank you very much for your feedback. Kindly note that its part of our mandates to rescue, rehabilitate and release back to the wild. but before we release back to the wild we are currently sensitizing communities from where they were rescued to appreciate the role and value of primates in the eco-system this through the chimpanzee integration program onsite and chimpanzee connect offsite If you wish to be part of this amazing UWEC conservation programs kindly drop us an email on info@uwec.ug or entebbezooofficial@gmail.com We look forward to welcoming you back
Written September 15, 2021
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Ozzysheila
Brisbane Region, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Wellen Musiiwe, a guide for Marasa Africa, took us round and about Murchinson Falls National Park like a pro born on the land. He willingly and with relish imparted his knowledge on the people, culture , wildlife, land and birds, answering our questions and inviting our queries. We spent hours and hours each day exploring the meandering, shuddering roads, returning exhausted and excited while he looked fresh and ready for yet more. He manipulated his vehicle over torturous roads while spotting birds and animals that blended into the bush, pointing them out to us and while we snapped away with our cameras he told us more facts and figures about the species we were watching. His manner was open and kind, caring always and keen to help us explore more than we could ever have imagined.
What a truly wonderful experience from Marasa Africa, made the best by Wellen Musiiwe
Written July 18, 2022
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LaraJB
Pretoria, South Africa136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The place is easy to find and is relatively well maintained. The enclosures are well cared for and the animals in good condition. We walked ourselves around without a problem. However, we found it a very pricey outing ( 15 USD pp for foreigners) for a short outing in Uganda. Wouldn't repeat a visit to just walk around, perhaps the 'behind the scenes' stuff is more valuable
Written February 21, 2020
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Dear LaraJB, We are so glad you had a good experience. Next time you are here, try the Behind The Scenes program. It is a thrilling and educative program which will make you appreciate the impact of the USD 15 on the welfare of the animals in our care and you will be encouraged to support us more during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Hope to see you soon.
Written September 16, 2021
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John H
Westmount, Canada496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On the week-end, this was a popular choice among local families. It was busy, but so big that it is not a problem. We had a guide which helped with seeing the highlights (in 2 hours) while explaining things. - Helpful for sure. Nice to see and learn, but of course, they are enclosed/captured animals. Nonetheless, a well delivered experience.
Written January 29, 2020
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Dianna97370
Philomath, OR157 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is not a conservation center. this was a sad zoo with sad animals who should have been rehabilitated and released. I was uncomfortable the whole time. The animals were stressed and should not be in this place. Before you jump in and be a critic, one of us is a wildlife biologist and habitat management expert. This place is also not clean.
Written July 10, 2021
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Hi,Dianna97370. Thank you so much for letting us know about your concerns. We are sorry that we failed to make your visit as enjoyable as it could have been. Release is one of our mandates, and am glad to inform you that we have carried it out every year. Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent budget constraints, we managed to release only 78 rescued and rehabilitated reptiles and birds. It is not our wish to keep the animals in captivity. Meanwhile, cleanliness and hygiene are two of our highest priorities and we take feedback like this very seriously. We shared the feedback with the head of the cleaning team and since then have enhanced the cleanliness during COVID-19. The team has also reviewed our cleaning procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again. If you wish to discuss your experience in more detail, please get in touch by email at info@uwec.ug
Written September 16, 2021
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Amanda L
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Please support this centre, great people doing great things for wildlife.
The chimpanzee close up and VIP program is fantastic, as a zoo keeper myself who cares for many rehabilitated animals in Australia, this program is giving the chimpanzees and all of the other animals in their centre the highest standard of care and rehabilitation.
Their husbandry, behaviour management and animal health needs are all meet and exceed the positive animal welfare guidelines.
If you are able to visit this conservation education center your contribution will support and enrich all of the lives of the animals in this facility.
Written February 17, 2023
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Abbyhamre
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This did not seem like a conservation education centre, more like a commercial zoo. Some of the lions were locked up and trying to break out of the "cage" it was in, they look stressed. The only enclosure I thoroughly enjoyed was the chimpanzees because there was a sign for each chimp, stating its name, age and rescue story. I strongly would suggest and love for the UWEC to write rescue stories along each animals enclosure (lions, elephants, leopard, tigers) so people visiting will get more of a feel that it is a conservation and rescue centre than a zoo. Besides this, they have a nice beach with music and this is the perfect place to take kids for the day.
Written January 4, 2023
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David M
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had an 8 hour layover in Entebbe and did not want to hang around in the airport so got an East Africa Tourist visa so we could leave and continue on to Rwanda that day covering both countries immigration requirements, and found a tour operator company that kept all our luggage (no checkin before 3 hours prior to departure, and had a driver take us to the Entebbe Zoo, where we had a lovely veggie burger, house made, served on Lake Victoria in the restaurant in the zoo. We enjoyed our meal immensely over airport food, saw some odd birds awaiting us feeding them—we didn’t. And relaxed, then saw the entire zoo in 90 minutes. The whole thing took about 4 hours, felt very relaxing and we returned to the airport to await checkin in plenty of time.
Written April 27, 2024
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