UWEC Awaits Final Audit Ahead Of Accreditation

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Last year, UWEC applied to be accredited, an elevation that would enable the centre to engage in wildlife education research and documentation. The centre will also host a centre of excellence where other zoos can come and learn and share experiences.

Uganda Wildlife Education Centre - UWEC - officials areanxiously waiting for the final audit report before the centre can beaccredited.

Last year, UWEC applied to be accredited, an elevation thatwould enable the centre to engage in wildlife education research and documentation.The centre will also host a centre of excellence where other zoos can come andlearn and share experiences.

Accreditation will also give the centre more prominence, attractinternational funding and partnerships.

It was hoped that the accreditation process would be completedin May this year during the Pan African Association of Zoos and AquariumConference, which the centre hosted. However, the auditors based on theassessment made suggestions for improvements which the centre must put in placebefore the final accreditation. Among the issues to be addressed are visitorand animal safety, facilities for the disabled, animal documentation and staffcompetence. The centre was also asked to document the scientific research onthe animals in the zoo.

James Musinguzi, the UWEC Executive Director, says they haveworked on all the areas they were told to improve on. He says the centre isonly now waiting for the final assessment report from the auditors.

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Musinguzi says that based on the initial results during theconference, chances are very high that the centre will be accredited before theyear ends.

If accredited, the centre will be the first zoo outside SouthAfrica in Africa to have accreditation. Currently there are six accreditedzoos, all in South Africa.