By Exposed Uganda
The Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC), Dr. James Musinguzi, is desperately looking for Shs6Bn to conserve wildlife that is endangered by human activities like poaching among others.
Depressed Musinguzi, who was speaking during the commemoration of World Life Day, said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the Wildlife Education Centre since the tourism sector was down yet the zoo relies on tourists for revenue.
Musinguzi said that; “If the government does not address this financial gap Entebbe Zoo is headed for tough economic times hence it risks closure.”
He added that; “Although management of UWEC has developed some innovation centers like the Children Conservation Center to promote awareness on wildlife, there is still a big gap in the budget for effective operations and conservation works.”
Sources close to Musinguzi indicate that he has penned several requisitions to government to come to the rescue of Entebbe Zoo but unfortunately, he has never gotten positive response, something that has left the future of the conservation center hanging on a thread.
Sources close to Musinguzi add that he was dismayed by the Vice President Jessica Alupo’s statement that government is committed to providing peace and security as a top priority for the smooth running of the conservation center yet funds are urgently needed to run the conservation center.
Vice president Alupo made this statement on Thursday while officiating at the wildlife Day, which was held at Entebbe Zoo.