Isaac Mujaasi, a Ugandan national, has been appointed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the International Zoo Education (IZE) to lead their joint education programmes.
Mujaasi will work with the WAZA Executive Office, IZE Board of Directors, Zoo and Aquarium Educators from WAZA and IZE member institutions to ensure that effective conservation education programmes and messages are an integral part of the global zoo and aquarium agenda.
According to Doug Cress, the WAZA Chief Executive Officer, some of Mujaasi’s duties will be to develop a compelling conservation curriculum for online and in-country training that is engaging and creates positive conservation change.
“We are delighted to have Isaac Mujaasi on the team. I have known Isaac for over 15 years and have always been impressed by his ability to inspire and motivate others to learn. He is a gifted teacher, and a dedicated conservationist. Isaac will have an important role in ensuring conservation education is a priority for WAZA and its members.” Cress added.
WAZA and IZE work together on among others developing international education and interpretive standards to help create conservation change makers around the world.
“Our new Director of Education, Isaac Mujaasi, will help lead this charge as well as provide more training and mentoring opportunities for our members,” the CEO noted.
Mujaasi previously worked for the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), in Entebbe, as the Programs and Public Relations Officer.
Mujaasi’s professional conservation experience spans 18 years, starting as an Animal Keeper at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Three years later, he made the switch to conservation education.
His previous experience also includes managing community development programmes.
He said on the appointment, “I am very excited to have joined WAZA and the IZE as the Director of Education. To me, it is an absolute privilege and honour to be able to share my perspective and skills, and to be in the position to help influence behavior and mindset change through education, to help conserve biodiversity.”