UWEC Passes International Operational Zoo Standards Audit

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For over a year, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre has been working to improve its standards after the initial inspection last year.

Uganda Wildlife Education Center-UWEC has passed the audit for the International Zoo operating standards, URN has learnt. In 2013, UWEC applied to the World Association of Zoos- WAZA and African Association of Zoos for accreditation.
 
The two bodies dispatched a team of auditors to audit the operating standards of UWEC to see if they comply with International Zoo operating standards. Some of the things put into consideration include the availability of mechanisms for enforcing animal and humanity safety, human resource, health of the animals and customer care amongst others.
 
For over a year, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre has been working to improve its standards after the initial inspection last year. A team of auditors from World Association of Zoos- WAZA returned last month to carry out a final audit in line with recommendations from their previous inspection exercise and were satisfied with the improvements.

James Musinguzi, the Executive Director Uganda Wildlife Education Centre says the nod is a big boost to the centre. He says after meeting the standards with high quality facilities and innovations, it will now take six months for the centre to get the accreditation certificate. 

Musinguzi says UWEC now ranks among the best zoos globally and can engage in all research activities whose results will be recognized globally.
 
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The accreditation will open opportunities for the center to apply for grants, work and collaborate with other zoos in research and breeding of wildlife species. Once accredited, UWEC will join six other Zoos that have international accreditation. 

They 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.