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Tourism ministry names 32 new ambassadors to join Sudhir in wildlife protection drive

Businessman and philanthropist, Sudhir Ruparelia was the inaugural ambassador paving way for the others to spearhead wildlife conservation in Uganda (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has appointed 32 honorary wildlife ambassadors in a renewed effort to protect the country’s wildlife that is in danger of extinction due to poaching, illegal trade and habitat loss.

The new ambassadors join the likes of city businessman Sudhir Ruparelia who was recently recognised for becoming a guardian to ‘Ruparelia’, a baby chimp at Ngamba sanctuary as a gesture of supporting conservation efforts in the country.

Some of the prominent ambassadors include Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah, First Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali and Justice minister Gen. Kahinda Otafiire who were unveiled on Thursday.

The First Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali welcomed the honorary recognition as a step towards joint effort in wildlife conservation (PML Daily PHOTO)

State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda said: “We need to conserve wildlife. Otherwise, the public will take it for granted; that is why we have inducted these people. Even though they are not with us in our day-to-day work, they can help us in expanding the conservation message.”

UWA board chairman Benjamin Otto urged the ambassadors to work together in wildlife conservation.

Mr Ruparelia was the first to open the window for wildlife support recently.

Although Ngamba is outside UWA’s jurisdiction, the support and compassion by Mr Ruparelia, according to Mr Gessa Simplicious, a senior conservationist, ensures the welfare of wildlife species.

“It is a milestone for private stakeholders to support conservation efforts. The gesture by Mr Ruparelia should only be the start for other homegrown personalities to stake some of the proceeds for conservation.


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List of ambassadors

  1. Mr Jacob Oulanyah
  2. Gen Moses Ali
  3. Gen Kahinda Otafiire,
  4. Mr Janat Mukwaya
  5. Mr Daudi Migereko
  6. Mr Akaki Ayumu Jovino
  7. Mr Sarapio Rukundo
  8. Ms Angella Rwabutomiize,
  9. Mr James Lutalo
  10. Mr Reuben Kashambuzi
  11. Mr Masokoyi Swalikh
  12. Ms Gloria Androa Ayikoru
  13. Ms Janet Okori
  14. Ms Grace Aulo Mbabazi
  15. Dr Gladys Kalema- Zikusooka
  16. Mr Boniface Byamukama
  17. Mr Michael Aliyo,
  18. Patrick Mugoya,
  19. Dr Ludwig Seifert,
  20. Dr Jessica Rothman
  21. Mr. Kaddu Kiwe Sebuya
  22. Ms Lilly Ajarova
  23. Mr David Dulu
  24. Ms Angie Genade
  25. Mr Fedelis Kanyumunyu
  26. Mr Joseph Serugo
  27. Mr Umar Nangoli
  28. Dr John Bosco Nuwe
  29. Mr Raymond Engena
  30. Mr Hussein Kato Matanda
  31. Mr Festo Lwanga
  32. Dr Andrew Seguya

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About Ngamba Island

Located on Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested.

Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 and provides a home for over 50 orphaned chimpanzees to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

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