Before taking their flight from Entebbe a group of our recent visitors took the chance to visit Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe. This centre is a remake of Entebbe Zoo and the focus is on educating about Ugandan animals and the habitats they live in. The animals that can be seen at the centre are mostly saved from smugglers, poachers or the community. It is possible to make an ordinary zoo visit to the centre but our visitors was set on experiencing something out of the ordinary.
Our visitors took the chance to get up close and personal with the animals through a behind the scenes tour of the centre. They went along for feeding of the animals. This took them close to for example giraffes, big cats, snakes and a cute baby elephant. One animal that stood out was the Shoebill stork staying in the area open to behind the scenes visitors. It stayed together with Great white pelicans and during feeding time it had some problem keeping up with the rest. The Shoebill then decided to go over to our group, making complaining noises as if trying to explain the situation and get sympathy.
Entebbe is a short drive away from Kampala and it is possible to combine a visit to Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre with arriving or departing from the airport. UWEC offers a few different special packages, one is the behind the scenes our visitors did and another is a chimpanzee close up. To meet the chimps you need to have a health card with proof that you have had certain immunisations to minimise the risk of infecting them.