Today, Uganda Wildlife Authority employs a team of full-time veterinarians. This extraordinary team works continuously throughout the year, on-call 24/7 to treat ill and injured wildlife in our various protected areas. These excellent men and women have dedicated their lives to caring for Uganda’s magnificent animals for future generations.
A significant impact of their life-saving work is the growth in wildlife populations. Their experience in calming, immobilising, and treating some of the world’s most iconic wild animals is integral to our conservation efforts. It was amazing to me that he could make such a dangerous and fierce animal that calm
The foundation of our vet team is around ranger-based health monitoring and quick response to emergencies. In severe and strange illnesses, it is important to take samples in order to ascertain the exact cause of an infection and to make precise decisions when dealing with future disease outbreaks.
We endeavor to deliver all veterinary care for wild animals in the wild, in the natural home of these iconic species; wildlife is not removed from the wild, even temporarily, in order to facilitate treatment..
The land surrounding our national parks is some of the most densely populated in Africa, with most people farming for their livelihoods; posing a continuous threat to wildlife species..
To learn more about our veterinary work or in case you’d like to report an emergency, please contact our toll-free line on 0800100960.
Rope and wire snares set by poachers in the national parks pose a great threat to different forms of wildlife. In general, poachers set snares to catch antelope and other animals in order to feed their families. The pressure for food is enormous and some people turn to poaching to survive. When an animal is reported with a snare, the UWA veterinary team intervenes as soon as possible. An intervention team comprised of several veterinarians, national park staff members, and trackers and porters who track down the ensnared animal and make an evaluation of the situation. In order for the team to safely approach the animal and treat its wound. Most of the time, the animal must be darted with an anesthetic drug.