Uganda Wildlife Education Center - Entebbe, Uganda.
So what all goes on at the UWEC? Here's a little tour around some of the activities.
Collecting grass from around the UWEC grounds to feed to some of the hoofed animals in various enclosures. Cutting up tons of fruits and veges for the critters and then delivering. Food and grass are put in the back of the tractor to make the rounds to the giraffes and ostriches who also share their space with eland and cow. First the giraffes emerge from the forest to follow the tractor. Then the ostriches come running in. The cow tries to nibble off the back of the tractor as we drive in. The giraffe is so gentle I can put beans in my mouth and he'll just pull them right out with his. Closest thing to kissing a giraffe.
This is me showing my impressive strength (ha) in hoisting up a bundle of grass with a pulley. Other critters to visit in the morning include the water buck. A young one currently in residence. Also the rhino. (this photos shows him just after we've let him back into his night enclosure as dusk).
If we've run out of fish to feed birds, we can throw a net into the moat around the chimp island and catch some. Once we caught a fish and when he looked in its mouth, the mouth was completely full of teensy-weensy baby fish. I'd never seen anything like that. We threw the mom back in the water. A variety of life lives in those waters, including the monitor lizard.
After the animals are fed, it's time to feed me. There is where I sit at the shore of Lake Victoria, my view as I eat, and the kitty who sits in my lap while I wait for food and then of course begs for food while I eat. He is being adopted by the other American volunteer; she completed shots and paperwork to take him home with her when she returns. After eating, I am all big and strong and read to slice and dice yet more food. ha ha. And also strong enough to shoo away the vervets that constantly try to steal my breakfast off my plate.
On the late shift, at about 6pm, the chimps are brought inside and fed some more porridge. As well, the big cats get a serving of raw meet and are put in their night enclosures.
Above, that's me laughing at the willpower I'm exerting not to step back and be intimidated by the lion, feeding her an appetizer as a distraction while the others are being let into their nighttime enclosures where they will eat their dinners. Each sleeps in a separate cage.
Shara eats dinner and goes to bed. Right now she has run out of time on the internet and must leave. So I end my day here.