Wetland

A wetland is an area that is periodically or permanently saturated or covered by surface or ground water. In Uganda, wetlands occupy about 13% of the country’s total area and are normally referred to as swamps. They are easily identified by water, the nature of soil development and types of plant and animal communities.
Wetlands are an integral part of the country’s biodiversity as they provide habitat for different species of plants and animals. The Nile Crocodile, hippopotamus, monitor lizard, shoe bill stork, antelopes, The Crested Crane etc, live in wetlands and play a vital role in the promotion of Uganda’s tourism industry and foreign exchange earning.
Sadly, Uganda is losing its wetlands at an alarming rate every year to human activities such as reclamation of land for industries and agriculture, waste dumping which causes pollution, infrastructure development, urbanization and migrations, brick making, through which big holes are left in the ground and surrounding vegetation is cleared to provide wood for burning the bricks, among others.
UWEC, having the mandate to educate the public on the importance of conserving the country’s biodiversity, has created a wetland aviary within the centre that is used for educational purposes. It is one of the best representations of this type of ecosystem. It houses Sushi, the Shoebill Stork, a pelican, monitor lizards and a variety of fish including the mud fish. This is a must visit.

The Wetland Aviary

Shoebill appreciates the blue sky

Recently rescued pelican

Koii, African Rock Python

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