Vet Profile: Dr. James Watuwa
Growing up in the Manafwa District of Uganda, Dr. Watuwa is a wildlife and zoo veterinarian with Uganda wildlife conservation education center (Entebbe zoo) as well as a co-founder of the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Organization (EWCO). With five years’ experience as a field veterinarian in Uganda. While studying at Makerere University, he interned and participated in zoo keeper activities at Uganda Wildlife and Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe zoo) where he met and worked with zoo keepers who mentored him into considering a career in wildlife veterinary medicine. His choice to study veterinary medicine at university was thus a culmination of his determination to advance a career in conservation from health perspective. Although studying veterinary medicine Dr. Watuwa made direct connections to wildlife such as participating in elephant and lion collaring, rescue of snared animals as well as wildlife population counts. After graduating, He started as a volunteer wildlife veterinarian working in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while protecting and monitoring of Mountain Gorilla health. He was later offered a job within CTPH NGO as a wildlife veterinarian during which he co-led a research team in the 2018 Bwindi –Sarambwe Mountain gorilla census sweeping through forests, finding gorilla trails and night nests, and collecting gorilla fecal samples for analysis that lead to status downgrade from critically endangered to endangered. He also developed NGO management skills and knowledge in conducting research. He also has board experience and skills developed in community centered conservation, zoo and wildlife veterinary practice developed while working under the supervision and guidance of senior veterinary doctors from, CTPH, and Uganda Wildlife Authority. Currently Dr. Watuwa is a senior veterinarian at Uganda Wildlife and Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe zoo).