Moses Olinga has more than 20 years of experience working in conservation and wildlife law enforcement in Uganda. Moses’s love for animals started at the age of six when his dad bought a cat to control rats in the house. He started feeding the cat with milk until it grew and they created a strong bond in such a way that every time he came home from school, the first question was always where his cat was. As he grew, Moses developed love for all animals and joined a wildlife college to pursue a career working with animals. Moses always had a conviction that animals are important for human survival and therefore require love and care.
After pursuing a course in Wildlife Management, Moses joined Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and grew in roles until he became a law enforcer based at UWA headquarters. Moses worked in UWA for over 15 years. In 2016, he left UWA to manage a project aimed at preventing and combating wildlife crime in the Horn of Africa. He spearheaded the establishment of the Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN) under Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
In 2018, Moses joined IFAW as a Program Manager for Uganda and the Horn of Africa. Working with IFAW, Moses coordinates transboundary efforts between Queen Elizabeth and Virunga National Parks to collaborate in preventing poaching and tackling trafficking of wildlife products. He has been able to create synethigies among different law enforcement agencies working around Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as facilitating a good working relationship between IFAW and partners in Uganda and DRC. Moses is also Project Manager for an IFAW project funded by the International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). The project aims at building capacity to stop the poaching and trafficking of protected wildlife between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Law Enforcement Officer, Uganda Wildlife Authority Uganda
Assistant Warden, Bwindi National Park Uganda
Warden, Semuliki National Park Uganda
M.Sc. World Heritage Management & Conservation, University College Dublin Ireland
B.A. Environmental Management, Makerere University Uganda
Diploma for Natural Resource Management, Southern African Wildlife College, South Africa
Diploma from Law, Law Development Centre, Uganda