By Desire Ninsiima
Uganda’s Wildlife Conservation & Education Centre – UWEC has today (Thursday 26th Nov 2020) announced the return of tigers in the country.
In a statement released from its headquarters in Entebbe, UWEC says “We are delighted to welcome the largest member of the cat family, the tiger, back to Uganda. The tiger is an exception icon of wildness, beauty, and strength.”
From the 1960s to 1980s when UWEC was popularly known as the Entebbe Zoo, exotic species such as tigers and brown bears were part of the collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition.
Seeing, hearing, and smelling a tiger up close for the first time can be an unforgettable experience which, for Ugandans, is only possible at this wildlife centre.
“The pair’s debut on Thursday, December 3, 2020 is deemed to be a dawn of hope which fulfills our conventional roles of education, conservation, research and recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic.” UWEC spokesperson said.
HICGI News Agency has learnt that these tigers have been swapped with dozen of monkeys to their counter part in South Africa.
Tigers are in Danger!
In the safety of zoos, zoologists and researchers can study them and share what they know to people who visit. In the wild, tigers are the top predator. Yet being the top predator does not make life easy for them. In every place tigers live, they’re endangered, or at risk of disappearing from the wild.
poachers have continued kill tigers and sell their body parts to people who think they will get stronger and more powerful with tiger parts.
Tigers threatened by loss of habitat.
Tigers live in countries such as India, Russia, China and Malaysia. These countries are growing very quickly, and people need the valuable land that tigers like. When people want to log for timber, or build farms, or make more cities in tiger habitats, the tigers lose their space. Without enough habitat, it’s very hard for tigers to find enough food and raise their cubs.
The South China Tiger
A population of tigers native to Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, and Jiangxi provinces in China is known as the South China Tiger. It is widely considered by animal experts to be the evolutionary ancestor of all tiger subspecies. In the late 1940s, the population of the species in the wild was estimated to be more than 4,000 individuals. Due to repeated attacks on livestock and people, the tiger became the target of China’s anti-pest campaign in the 1950s. As China began a comprehensive agricultural program, the cat was targeted for eradication. Combined with illegal hunting and trading for its fur, the eradication program became a success. Today, there has been no confirmed sighting of the species. South China tigers are now critically endangered and are possibly extinct in the wild.