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UWEC: A stroll inside the zoo at Entebbe

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th June 2018 12:13 PM

From snakes to rhinos and cheetahs, there is a wide range of species that you can come up close and personal with at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Centre.

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From snakes to rhinos and cheetahs, there is a wide range of species that you can come up close and personal with at the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Centre.

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When did you last visit the zoo - the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre - at Entebbe? There are plenty of interesting species of animals to check out when you get there.

The rhinocerous is one of them.

Rhinos, which have a herbivorous diet, can reach - or even exceed - 1000kg in weight.

 

 

 

Another attraction is the elephant.

In the wild, other animals tend to keep their distance from elephants while predators usually play it safe - by targetting only young elephants.

 

 

 

If you are keen enough, you might spot some rodents belonging to the sciuridae family.

 

 

 

Did you know that the distinct 'tear marks' of cheetahs, which run from the inside corners of their eyes down to the outside edges of their mouth, help reflect the glare of the sun when the fastest animal on land is hunting during the day?

 

 

Usain Bolt may be the fastest man on earth, but he has nothing on a cheetah. This cat can reach speeds of between 80 and 120km/h in short bursts.

Fast and furious!

 

 

 

Wondering what this is?

It's a face. A close-up of a camel's face.

 

 

 

The average lifespan of this humped animal is 40 years.

 

 

 

At UWEC, be sure to find another runner. The ostrich.

They may be flightless and the largest birds on the planet, but ostriches are the speed kings of any birds or other two-legged animal - sprinting at an amazing speed of 70 km/hr and covering up to five metres in one stride.

 

 

 

There are plenty of bird species to check out on the shores of Lake Victoria inside the zoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is an elevated structure from where visitors can enjoy a good view of the animals as well as absorb the warmth of Uganda's beautiful weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the zoo, you will find those that walk, fly, run and also those that slither gracefully through the grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is the Gaboon viper, which is common in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa.

 

 

 

The sight of this cobra may either freak you or thrill you - depends on whether you harbour an adventurous mind as well as steely nerves.

 

 

 

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