UWEC bids farewell to Zakayo

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Entebbe, Uganda

Uganda’s oldest chimpanzee famously known as Zakayo was laid to rest last Saturday at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center ( UWEC) , Entebbe.

According to the Minster of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Zakayo has been an Iconic species and very popular to both the general and international public. This he says has given Uganda, and the Ministry of Tourism at large, to use his legacy to drum up support to conserve chimpanzee in Uganda and other wildlife in general.

However, he used to this opportunity to call upon Ugandans to support conservation efforts in addressing conservation challenges such as poaching, illegal wildlife trade, trafficking, human wildlife conflicts, encroachment and climate change.

” All these negatively affect wildlife species survival prospects and the very reason why Zakayo left Semliki National Park ( Bundibugyo) and in unclear circumstances, and later found himself at Entebbe Zoo on 19th June 1976, where he lived for 42 years” he said

The Minster applauded the UWEC Board, Management and Staff for the hard work in sustaining the Center and its programs over the years, emerging as a model institution for conservation Education in Uganda and the entire region.

” I thank the UWEC Board for the hard work they have done. However, I implore the Board to steer UWEC towards the continued implementation of the Tourism sector development policies, plans, and strategies aimed at unlocking the tourism potential.” he concludes

Zakayo has lived at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center (UWEC) in Entebbe for 42 years. He is survived by two wives Ruth and Aminah and one child Shaka. According to UWEC findings, Zakayo succumbed to chronic gastroenteritis (stomach flu).

Pictorials of Zaakyos Vigil

A banner displaying words of condolence going out to the late Zakayo shortly before its remains were burried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Students of Mary Reparatrix are seen viewing the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.

 

R-L:The Chairperson of UWEC Hon Flavia Kabahenda,the Mayor of Entebbe H.W Kayanja Depaul and his wife view the body of the oldest Chimpanze in Uganda shortly before he was burried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Students of Mary Reparatrix are seen viewing the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.

 

Peace Nakiito, a former staff member of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) who also used to takecare of the the oldest Chimpanze (Zakayo) in Uganda is seen mourning for him before his remains were burried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Peace Nakiito, a former staff member of Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) who also used to takecare of the the oldest Chimpanze (Zakayo) in Uganda is seen mourning for him before his remains were burried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Executive Director at Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust at the burial of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

The Mayor of Entebbe His Worship Kayanja Depaul delivering the Speech of the Tourism Minister Prof.Kamuntu at the burial of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Kayanja said,Entebbe lost a Senior Citizen.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

The Mayor of Entebbe His Worship Kayanja Depaul is seen signing on a general board with his autograph of condolence message before the burial of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.
Kayanja said,Entebbe lost a Senior Citizen.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Hon Flavia Kabahenda,the Chairperson of UWEC board is seen signing on a general board with her autograph condolence message before the burial of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.
Kayanja said,Entebbe lost a Senior Citizen.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Dr Gladys Zikusooka-Kalema, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation through Public Health (CTPH), is seen signing an autograph of condolence message before the burial of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda shortly before he was buried on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.
Kayanja said,Entebbe lost a Senior Citizen.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

The Mayor of Entebbe H.W Kayanja Depaul (L) and his wife (R),the Chairperson of UWEC board Hon Flavia Kabahenda at the burial Ceremony of the oldest Chimpanze in Uganda on Saturday at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Burial Ceremony of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda (Zakayo) at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

Staff members of Uganda wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) in green T-shirts) are joined by
Dr Gladys Zikusooka-Kalema ,the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation through Public Health (CTPH)(2nd right) with Lilly Ajarova,the Executive Director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust at the burial Ceremony of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda (Zakayo) at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Second right is
Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.

 

A young man is seen participatingduring the burial ceremony of the oldest Chimpanzee in Uganda (Zakayo) at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre,Entebbe 28th April,2018.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.