UWEC Seeks African Association Of Zoos Accreditation

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The final inspection team is yet to verify the implementation of the recommendations and if approved the centre will receive its accreditation certificate in May this year during the Animal Keepers Conference to be held between 21st and 23rd May 2014 at Entebbe.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre-Entebbe is moving towards becoming the first zoo outside southern Africa to be accredited by African Association of Zoos. The centre applied for accreditation last year and the first round of inspection was conducted on the facilities in place and recommendations were given to the centre for improvement.
 
Among the recommendations suggested were  better measures for animal safety, human resource, human safety, health of the animals, customer care, visitor safety and a host of other conditions and facilities.
 
The final inspection team is yet to verify the implementation of the recommendations and if approved the centre will receive its accreditation certificate in May this year during the Animal Keepers Conference to be held between 21st and 23rd May 2014 at Entebbe.
 
James Musinguzi, the Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, says the team that will accredit the centre will soon jet into the country to assess the facilities. He says since the pre-inspection team went back, the centre has been working on the recommendations that were given. He says there is enough and competent human resource to handle the centre. Human and animal safety has been taken care of and visitor safety precautions are in place.
 
Musinguzi says based on what the pre inspection team assessed, the next phase is likely to be a formality.
 
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Musinguzi says the fact that UWEC has been chosen to host the 2014 conference is a testimony that the centre is doing great. He says this also boosted the chances for the centre to be accredited;
 
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If accredited, UWEC will join six other Zoos that have international accreditation. The others located in South Africa are Cango Wildlife Ranch, National Zoological Garden of South Africa, South African Association Of Marine Biological Research and Johannes Zoo, Lorry Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary and Butterfly World And Tropical Garden, all in South Africa.