Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) has launched Quick Response Code (QR) technology to mark celebrations of the International Zoo Educators day.
The new QR codes placed on information panels at different exhibits at the centre will avail information on flora and fauna and also indulge visitors in a quick survey on wildlife conservation by just a scan.
The launch was marked with a webinar with International Zoos and aquaria, and as well a call to action for global citizens to conserve and protect the environment.
According to UWEC Executive Director, Dr. James Musinguzi, the QR codes will help arrest challenges faced by the centre’s educators owing to covid-19 restrictions that prohibit crowding.
“Visitors will be able to walk themselves through conservation education, once they scan the codes they will access information on the animals or plants in the exhibits, the stories behind the animals, how they were rescued, and how long they have been at the center,” Musinguzi said
“This technology comes at a time that it is most needed, I applaud our Educators for foreseeing this. The codes will enable visitors to get detailed information about flora and fauna, they will be able to compare the images in the pdf with what they see at the centre.” Musinguzi added
UWEC which is commonly known as Entebbe Zoo is home to over 300 plant and animal species, with exhibits that give a sneak peek into Uganda’s national wildlife parks.