More 142 parrots seized in Entebbe

Monday January 24 2011

By Martin Ssebuyira

Uganda Wildlife Authority has impounded another 142 African grey parrots a week after 132 parrots were seized at Mpondwe border post in Kasese District.

The birds, according to UWA chief Dr Andrew Sseguya, were impounded at a holding ground at Kawuku on Entebbe Road.

“They were not in poor shape like the earlier ones we seized but we managed to rescue them for rehabilitation,” Dr Sseguya said.

He said it is not yet clear whether the parrots were part of the earlier ones.

The wildlife boss said the birds have been taken to Uganda Wildlife Educational Centre for rehabilitation as investigations to have the culprits arrested continue.

“We want to ascertain if the owners have documents to keep them, failure of which would mean taking them to court,” he added.


DR Congo smuggler
A fortnight ago, at least 132 rare African grey parrots were seized from a woman smuggling them from the Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda, a frequent jumping-off point for lucrative European and Asian markets.
Ugandan wildlife officials discovered the birds had been fed alcohol-laced sugarcane to make them drowsy during the journey.

According to Uwec, the woman was carrying a fake permit to transport the parrots but was stopped by Ugandan officials at Congolese border post.

Last year, nine African grey parrots were rescued at Entebbe Airport from a Libyan delegation.