UWEC Accreditation Expected To Be Completed In July

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Earlier reports had indicated that the accreditation would be done during the ongoing PAAZAB and World Association of Zoos and Aquarium that started this morning at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel Entebbe.

The long awaited accreditation of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquarium will not take place until July this year. Earlier reports had indicated that the accreditation would be done during the ongoing PAAZAB and World Association of Zoos and Aquarium that started on Wednesday at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel Entebbe. A team of inspectors from South Africa jetted into the country last week to audit the minimum requirements to be accredited.

However it has now emerged that the process is not complete yet and the final inspection will be done in July this year and accreditation certificate issued if the centre meets the minimum requirements to be accredited.

James Musinguzi, the Executive Director of UWEC, says the process of accreditation is always long and tedious. He says the team has done a number of inspections and the latest audit that was done and report presented on Monday indicates the that the centre will be accredited. He says they have worked to meet the international standards and are waiting for the final decision.

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Among the issues that are being looked at are, the human resource of the centre, the animal husbandry practices, how the centre managers the wildlife and the visitors, animal health and a host of other conditions.

Dr. Clifford Nxomani, the chairperson of PAAZAB, says UWEC has made great strides in improving its facilities to meet the internationally recognized standards and practices. Though he says he does not want to predict the outcome of the audit, he is optimistic that the centre will be accredited. He says the centre has excellent facilities that comply with the international standards.

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Dr. Lee Ehmke, the president of World Association of Zoos and Aquarium, WAZA says the accreditation of UWEC will be a step forward considering how far they have come from. He says this means that UWEC will be able to apply for grants, collaborate with other zoos in breeding species and a number of other benefits. He is also optimistic that the centre will be accredited.

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If accredited, UWEC will be the first centre in Africa outside South Africa that will be accredited. All the five other accredited zoos are in South Africa.

 

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