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African Grey parrots saved from wildlife traders

African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrots

A team of Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) officials and the Police have seized 6 African Grey parrots from Entebbe at Kigungu landing site in Wakiso district.

A joint team of Police, NRCN, in collaboration with UWA, mounted an operation on Saturday 5th , following a tip off that some wildlife traders  from Kalangala are holding parrots destined to Kigungu landing site with the intention of exchanging them for money. Two suspects identified as Ssekaja Jonathan and John Kabuye were arrested and are currently detained at CPS Entebbe waiting to appear in court for prosecution. Parrots are listed under Appendix 2 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna.

According to Muhindo Labana, the media officer NRCN, the birds were found in such poor shape and condition that they had to be taken for rehabilitation at the former Zoo now known as the Uganda Wildlife Educational Center – UWEC as they carry out investigations to have the culprits apprehended.

 

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