February 06, 2018
Uganda will join the rest of the world to mark the World Wildlife Day on 3rd March 2018. The week-long celebrations will be bursting with a number of activities ranging from a public lecture, school quiz to an exhibition. Activities will kick-start with a marathon at 6am, on 24th February 2018 at the Uganda Museum, Kampala, followed by a public lecture to be hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on 26th February 2018, from 2pm-5pm at the same venue and climax with the main celebrations on 3rd march 2018 at the Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute campus in Katwe-Kabatooro Town Council, in Kasese District. Kasese town is an enclave of Queen Elizabeth National Park and is also a Wildlife Sanctuary.
The annual celebrations will run under the national theme, “Creating a safe environment for the survival of Uganda’s big cats” which is in line with the global theme, “Big cats: Predators under threat.” His excellence, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda will preside over the proceedings that are expected to draw distinguished personalities, conservationists, nature based operators and those affected by big cats among others. Persons who have made significant contribution to Uganda’s Wildlife conservation will be awarded.
This year’s celebrations aim to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s endangered wildlife species particularly the big cats: Leopards (Panthera pardus), Lions (Panthera leo) and Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus).
Uganda is rich in biological diversity with significant numbers of fauna and flora that are the bedrock for the country’s growing tourism industry.