After nearly 6 decades, Tigers have returned to the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC).
The tiger is an exception icon of wildness, beauty, and strength. Seeing, hearing, and smelling a tiger up close for the first time can be an unforgettable experience which, for Ugandans, is only going to be possible at UWEC.
“We are glad to welcome the tiger and tigress to UWEC after six decades. The Bengal tigers sometimes called Indian tigers is a species that resonates with the Indian community which has over the months proven to be loyal to the animals at UWEC.” Said Dr James Musinguzi, Executive Director UWEC.
Dr Musinguzi also revealed that the pair arrived before the national lockdown and have since been under the watchful eye of the animal caregivers and veterinary specialists at the quarantine and veterinary hospital at UWEC.
“The COVID pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our daily operations. UWEC lost Ush. 2.5 billion since temporary closing in March 2020 to June 2020 and thereafter has lost Ush. 2 billion since July 2020 UpToDate. The pair’s debut on Friday, November 4, 2020 is deemed to be a dawn of hope which fulfills our conventional roles of education, conservation, research and recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic” he noted.
The cats’ move to Uganda was recommended by the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), which demands that the large cats are managed in an Ex-situ environment.
“Over the last century, subspecies of tigers dwindled from eight to five due to hunting as trophies and habitat loss from intensive logging and development. The remaining subspecies including the one we have here need protection and are classified as endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red list of Threatened Species.”
Tigers are extremely territorial species, so the pair will get a chance to explore the tiger habitat, which has been specially constructed to suit their behavior. In the wild, Bengal tiger habitats are tropical rainforests, marshes, and tall grasses. Tigers rest in the shade during the day and hunt at dusk or dawn. The Bengal tigers have been spotted in the shade or around bodies of water to cool off.