UWEC commonly recognized as “Entebbe Zoo” was opened in 1952, as a welcoming center for wild animals that were found wounded (sick, injured, orphaned, confiscated from illegal trade). In the early 1960s, it transformed its title role to a zoo where a number of non-indigenous species, including bears and tigers, were kept as an attraction.

With the rearrangement of wildlife management in the country in 1994, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) was instituted, in order to take over the zoo and to transform it with major aim of making it Conservation Education.

The mission of UWEC mission statement is to support and generate an understanding of conserving the biodiversity among the people of Uganda, with particular emphasis on the young generation.

Uganda World life Education Center is located on the edge of Lake Victoria, its rich vegetation and its surprisingly wide range of birds, butterflies and other free and roaming animals make it an attractive venue for education and Uganda safaris fanatics.

Some of the few major functions of UWEC.

Because of its unique position as the only captive wild animal collection center in the country, UWEC serves three roles:

To serve as a rescue and rehabilitation center.

To be Conservation education center for the country.

To act as  recreation center where people come to see the animals and refresh themselves