Words from the Team!
We started the trip for one day and we did our tour in entebbe at Uganda Wildlife Education Center where we saw a number of animals that were a big lesson for us. We started in the morning, where we started it from Kampala, driving to entebbe n the morning heading to Entebbe Zoo.
Entebbe Zoo is located in Entebbe and sit on a 51 square km size, and has a number of animals that are brought for basically treatment, after a various rescues, and these include Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes snakes and many others.
1952Popularly known as “Entebbe Zoo”, was opened in 1952, by the Colonial Government in Uganda, as a reception center for wild animals that were found as casualties (sick, injured, orphaned, confiscated from illegal trade etc). 1960s In the early 1960s, it changed its role to a traditional zoo (“Entebbe Zoo”), a name that rings memories in the minds of many Ugandans to date. At that time, a number of non-indigenous species, including bears and tigers, were kept as attractions. 1994 In May 1994, the UWEC Trust was founded to take over the zoo primarily for Conservation Education purposes.
The Centre’s location on the edge of Lake Victoria, its rich vegetation and its surprisingly wide range of birds, butterflies and other indigenous animals make it an attractive venue for education as well as a pleasing one for those who visit, whether Ugandans or people from overseas Did you know? The former Entebbe Zoo derives its name from Entebbe town. “Entebbe”, in the local Luganda language, means a “seat”, and was probably named that because it was the place where the Buganda chief sat to adjudicate legal cases.
It first became a British colonial administrative and commercial center in 1893 when Sir Gerald Portal, a colonial Commissioner, used it as a base. Port Bell went on to become Kampala’s harbor. Although no ships dock there now, there is still a jetty, which was used by Lake Victoria ferries. Entebbe is perhaps best known to Europeans as the home of Entebbe International Airport, the main international airport of Uganda, which was inaugurated in 1947.
The Entebbe airport was the scene of one of the most daring counter-terrorism operations in history when soldiers from an elite unit of the Israeli army freed over 100 hostages following a hijacking by a group of Palestinian and German militia. It was also from this airport that Queen Elizabeth II departed Africa to return to England in 1952 when she learned of her father’s death and that she had become Queen. Elevation: 3871 ft (1,180 m) Population: (2011 Estimate) 79,700 .
Usually Uganda Wildlife Education Center is a place to visit on every before and after your trip in the wild, as you will be sure of seeing a number of animals that you could have either missed on the trip. You will be ending your trip with that thrilling breath as this Zoo is located very close to Lake Victoria, which is over 68,800 square kilometers and is shared by the three East African Countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania)
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