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Back to wilderness

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Back to wilderness

In Uganda wildlife populations faced severe losses from the 1960s to the 1980s due to political conflict, poaching, trafficking, and human encroachment. The CTC Conservation Centre, established in 2015, stands as a sanctuary contributing to the gradual recovery of animal populations, including lions, hyenas, wildcats, tortoises, iguanas, foxes, and crocodiles.

Wildlife handler and conservationist Akello Holly Oliver, alongside her colleagues, plays a crucial role in daily activities revolving around the well-being of the animals. From identifying potential illnesses to collaborating with veterinarians for treatments, their commitment is unwavering.

Kiya Martina, a vet at the center, emphasizes preventive measures such as vaccinations to protect the animals from various viruses and bacterial diseases. The concept of animal enrichment is integral, creating enclosures that mimic natural habitats and offering mental stimulation through activities like hiding food in different places.

CTC Conservation Centre, founded by Thomas Price, prioritizes commercial and financial sustainability in conservation. Collaborating with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the organization aims to conserve, economically develop, and sustainably manage wildlife and protected areas.

The center provides a haven for animals involved in human-wildlife conflicts, accepting those displaced due to incidents like wild animals feeding on livestock. Thomas Price shares an instance involving two large crocodiles, one labeled a man-eater, emphasizing the importance of their sanctuary role.

Despite the gradual recovery of animal populations, there's a pressing need for increased awareness about local conservation. Akello actively engages with local communities, educating them on wildlife importance and coexistence. Positive shifts are noticeable, with communities actively participating in rescuing animals and fostering a more conservation-oriented mindset.

The center successfully breeds indigenous species like the African Golden Cat. The breeding initiatives align with the goal of creating a sustainable environment, allowing for the reintroduction of excess offspring into protected areas. The team acknowledges ongoing challenges, including poaching and environmental encroachment, emphasizing the collective responsibility of conservation.

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