The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) has acquired two tigers from South Africa in exchange for monkeys.
Uganda got the two tigers, a male and a female, in exchange for 25 monkeys, and they just met the shipping fee of Sh220,100.
Well, if it makes Uganda the only East African country with tigers, why not! After all, a section of Ugandans says that “monkeys are in plenty in Uganda, and raising them has never been a challenge.”
Experts say that tigers- the largest members of the cat family, used to exist in Uganda in the 1970s.
According to UWEC Executive Director James Musinguzi, the two cats arrived in Uganda in March before the COVID-19 lockdown, before undergoing quarantine and tests from caregivers. Uganda is home to other big cats like lions, leopards, and cheetahs.
“We are yet to give them names, but they consume at least 10 kilograms of meat every day. The feeding cost is shs 150, 000,” Musinguzi said.
Public viewing of the tigers will be open from 3rd December 2020.
Tigers are territorial and are generally solitary but social. An adult can weigh up to 363kg and measures up to 3.3m.
The carnivores (eat only meat) survive in the wilds of Asia but are kept in captivity in other parts of the world.
As of April 2016, the global estimation was 3,890 wild tigers after new surveys in India, Russia, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan.