Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre

Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, Entebbe: Hours, Address, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre Reviews: 4/5

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.
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Israel Reiselei... U
Tel Aviv, Israel1,307 contributions
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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David P
Colorado43 contributions
Feb 2020
I stay in Entebbe for busiess, and ned a break from time to time. Without fail, the zoo is a great place to see some animals up close, and to spend time locally. The animals seem to be very well cared for.
Written February 12, 2020
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_Mags_NL
Luanda, Angola283 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The great thing about our visit here was the ‘behind the scenes’ access. It cost $70 per person for two hours but I think the money was worth it and I also believe the money is used well by the centre.

Our guide was zoo keeper Roy. He was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the animals. He answered all our questions and was very passionate about conservation and education. It was great to come so close to the animals, either feeding them (the chimps and giraffe) or just observing them from close up (cheetah, shoebill stork and rhinos), even though some of them slept through our visit (the leopard).
Written January 1, 2020
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kushty500
Crewkerne, UK63 contributions
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, WA1 contribution
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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Dianna97370
Philomath, OR157 contributions
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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LaraJB
Durban, South Africa123 contributions
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, Canada484 contributions
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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Mike Ste
Munich, Germany11 contributions
Jul 2021
We did the "Keeper for a Day" experience at the UWEC and it was an unforgettable change to get to see what happens behind the scenes. We got to experience the keeper's everyday work and had very close constant with all kinds of local animals. We got to release the felines from their cages, feed Rhinos, Giraffes, an Elephant (while coming in direct contact with all of them) and also a nicely trained Shoebill. All the keepers were extremely friendly and made of this day an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for something different and having very close contact with African animals, which you wouldn't get on a Safari, this is for you! Thanks to all the staff at the UWEC for an unforgettable experience!
Written July 11, 2021
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Dear Michael S Thank you very much for the positive review and thank you for supporting conservation programs at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre. Kindly refer others Look forward to hosting you again. Regards Resty.
Written September 16, 2021
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Wcfs2011
Dunbar, UK63 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Really enjoyed just wandering around the zoo. Loads of different animals to see and good signage made it easy to find your way around.

Not a massive place, so allow half a day at most. Also, little tip they do not allow you to bring plastic bottles into the park.
Written February 11, 2022
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Dear Wcfs Thank you very much for the beautiful review, much appreciated
Written March 2, 2022
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