Uganda Wildlife Educational Center

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center is a fun and exciting place to see and learn about the animals of Uganda and the ecosystems in which they live. Take some time to learn how they live, eat, play, and walk.

Originally founded in the 1950s to accommodate confiscated and injured wildlife and to look after orphan animals confiscated from smugglers, the centre has grown considerably in recent years. Many say it is destined to become the most important facility to showcase wildlife on the African continent.

Whether you have days or just hours in Entebbe and you are wondering how to spend your precious time? Visit the Wildlife Education Centre.
At The Education Centre, you can either hear a lion’s roar, see chimps in a semi-natural environment, enjoy a one-kilometre forest walk or just have some memorable encounters with the animal ambassadors. During your visit, you will develop an important understanding of their role in protecting and conserving our planet’s natural resources.

Forest Trail (Adult)

Experience a one-kilometer natural pristine forest with free-ranging birds, mammals, butterflies, and chameleons among others in an exclusive and safe environment. Learn about plants and their medicinal values in our garden, with over 100 plants that grace our grounds and create a peaceful landscape for both the visitors and our resident animals.


Behind the Scene

The two-hour educative adventure offers special inside look tours and interesting information about how we care for our residents (animals and birds). You will have a close-up and personal encounter with the lions, and elephants plus many more wonders you have perhaps never imagined meeting.

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Keeper For A Day (Adult)

Are you a working adult or a student wondering what it would be like to have a career with animals? Or are you just thinking of taking time off from your daily routine? If so, the Keeper for a Day program is for you!
Similar to a job shadowing, participants spend the day with our animal keepers who will share their passion for animals with you.
Participate in hands-on activities such as preparing animal meals, cleaning enclosures, and providing enrichment to stimulate them both mentally and physically.

Keeper for a Day (Junior)

This hands-on day program is specifically designed for children aged 6- 16 years old who would like to work with animals and plants. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children who would like to develop a career with animals or love to be around them.
We inspire responsible stewardship among young people. The package includes food and drink, play time and a certificate.


Chimpanzee Close Up


The Chimpanzee Close-Up Experience: Have you ever imagined meeting your closest cousin without a barrier in between? Subject to the provision of valid health proof, participate in the chimpanzee integration experience. In the company of a keeper, you will take the individuals on a walk.

Observe them enjoy life on trees, learn, and adapt to living with other chimps in a forest-like environment. The purpose is to help newly rescued chimpanzees slowly build the confidence and trust of other chimps who in turn become their long-term allies. Integration is a long and continuous which is undertaken on schedule, by our keepers. We are happy to share this experience and take you on for one hour in a controlled environment.

Listen to the chimp caregiver talk about how they came to their history, how they came to the center, behavior, and challenges. Be ready to be groomed by the infants and return a favor by carrying or grooming them.

Chimps enjoy rough trickles and can be rough. Your guide will help interpret the different sounds, and gestures and advise on how to behave whilst with your cousins.

Imagine a chimp holding their cup of porridge, peeling a banana, or asking for more food! Find out all these and much more through participating in this unique once in a lifetime experience!

Dates and Time: The activity is arranged Monday to Sunday, early morning at 7.30 am. The activity starts with a brief introduction by one of the keepers. 


The Exclusive VIP Experience

This wildlife experience at UWEC is your personalized adventure! Get up close and personal with our animal ambassadors, and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Come along with your family and spend up to three hours with your own personal tour guide on an exclusive journey to Africa’s animals and their habitats.
We let your kids enjoy the bikes, donkeys, and camel rides as well as a meal in our restaurant overlooking Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa, in a safe and clean environment.
This unique experience is tailored to your interests and needs.

Date & Time: This experience can be booked throughout the day.

Please note: Animal presentations and behind-the-scene areas are subject to change based on the health and welfare of the animals.