The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (Uwec) Entebbe today will host well-wishers to a birthday party not of any any political or bureaucratic motives, but for Zakayo, the oldest chimpanzee at Uwec who has turned 44 years.
Zakayo the alpha male is one of our flagship animals at the centre. UWEC is that the the birthday will be celebrated with a couple of tour activities. Zakayo is said to be a favourite to visitors at the Centre and yet a historical member of the centre whom we think deserves a celebrated birthday with the public notice.
School children are lined up today ate UWEC to witness the birthday celebration, participate in a quiz competition and question-answer session and many other activities , organised by the zoo authorities on the occasion in a bid to spread the conservation message.
Zakayo is said to have been born in June 1972 at Semiliki in Bundibugyo and was hand-raised. The chimpanzee was later surrendered to the Entebbe Zoo on June 10, 1976. The chimp is said to be very fatherly.
According to Uwec, “Zakayo has sired eight offsprings and is very protective towards the younger chimps. He is always the last to go out in the mornings and the last to get inside in the evenings.” He is said to be so humane.
Uwec appealed to the public to continue supporting the centre given the fact that
Tourism was declared Uganda’s second largest income earner last year and foreign Exchange earner.