After a period of 50 years, Uganda has again reintroduced tigers at the Entebbe zoo, a move the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) says will offer visitors an all-round knowledge on all the big cats.
Tigers last existed in Uganda in the 70s when they were habituated at the zoo.
UWEC Executive Director, James Musinguzi, told reporters on Wednesday that the pair of tigers (male and female aged 2 years and 3 months) arrived in the country from South Africa on March 7, 2020.
They have undergone full quarantine for 90 days and are ready for exposure to the public.
The cats have been under the watch and examination of vet specialists and caregivers at the quarantine and vet hospital in Entebbe.
“Tigers naturally occur in the wild only in Asia. In Africa, they only appear in zoos and captive settings. One of the challenges we’ve had is – people have been confusing the different cats ranging from cheetahs, leopards, and tigers,” Musinguzi said.
“The tiger is an exceptional icon of beauty and strength. Seeing, hearing and smelling a tiger up-close for the first time can be an unforgettable experience. I want to rally Ugandan come see learn and enjoy the tigers”. he added