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Celebrating Uganda's First Lion Day!



On December 14th, we celebrated local culture and the African Lion at Uganda’s first ever Lion Day. It was a festive afternoon filled with fun activities, spectacular performances, and learning about lions and other wildlife. We were so happy to have such strong participation by so many villagers and our special partners.


Special thanks goes out to:

The Oakland Zoo and the Uganda Wildlife Authority for hosting it with us.

We have so many people to thank for this great day!

Uganda Wildlife Authority QECA CAM Edward Asalu, and QECA Tourism Warden Katana Dickson for their support of our work and for their commitment to conserving Uganda’s wildlife

Oakland Zoo and conservation director Amy Gotliffe and the ecotour delegates for making everything so special that day; Oakland Zoo conservation department staff Carol Moen Wing and Shelby McCoy who worked so hard to put this together from California; and ZooCamp Director Liz Low for sending over t-shirts and lots of other goodies for us to pass out that day. Lion Day wouldn’t have happened with you!

Tourism Police Commander Muyondo Godwin and his team

Friends of Queen Chairman Sander Kesseler and all of our other Friends of Queen colleagues who helped us celebrate the day, and who are as committed to conservation as we are!

Local leaders:

LC3 of Muhokya subcounty Kasoke Ernest 
LC1 of Muhokya Trading Center Bigemere Abdulatif
LC1 of Kahendero Juma Alube
Local Police Chief Kisembo Jellies

The livestock owners from Hamukungu and Nyakatonzi who work with us daily on human-carnivore conflict and who came to celebrate with us

Our Community Scouts Kenneth Mugyenyi and Robert Nkome-Mugabe. 

Ernest and The Leopard Village Cubs for all their hard work to prepare the site to host Lion Day (and clean up the aftermath!). Muhokya Catholic Church for lending the use of their land for our Leopard Village community tourism site.

Master Kalenzi and his performance troupe, who make every event they perform at so festive

The Leopard Village Acrobats and especially their mentors Katarina and Salim, who have been so committed to training local youth

Local schools:

Kahendero Primary School 
Hamukungu Primary School
Hamukungu Secondary School

Our friends from Kasenyi Safari Camp, Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, Little Elephant Camp, Marafiki Safari Lodge, and the other lodges and tour operators who partner with us in conservation

All the local residents who came out to celebrate the day with us and who live alongside lions and other wildlife every day.

Thank you again to everyone who made this day so special! See you next year!