CTPH achieves biodiversity conservation by enabling people, wildlife and livestock to coexist through improving their quality of life in and around Africa's protected areas
Gladys Zikusooka: Uganda’s first vet doc for the wild
Visiting Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusooka’s office in Entebbe one quickly gets a sense of what her work is about. A life-size gorilla sculpture stands by the front door under a porch lined with beautifully made stools with pictures of gorillas.
Zikusooka, who is Uganda’s first Veterinary doctor to specialize in treating wildlife, says she was only 12 and was visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda when she first fell in love with animals. Viewing them move peacefully and others lying under trees, she started loving them. Caring for them came later.
“I realized in Uganda nobody cared about wild animals. Nobody treated them and when they fell sick they would be left to die,” she says.
On 20th June 2016, CTPH was honored for our CEO Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka to be featured in an interview with Kim Chakanesta from the BBC World Service radio program "The Conversation” talking about her career as a wildlife veterinary doctor and conservationist together with another amazing veterinary doctor from Sri Lanka, Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekere, who is an animal advocate transforming the way society views urban dogs through raising the standards for pet care in Sri Lanka. Both Dr Gladys and Dr Nalinika are Ashoka fellows. Ashoka supports leading social entrepreneurs.
Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is an award-winning veterinarian, founder and chief executive of the Conservation Through Public Health.
PHOTO BY MORGAN MBABAZI
Story by Bamuturaki Musinguzi
IN SUMMARY She divides her time between Uganda and the US.
She is the founder and chief executive of Conservation Through Public Health, an NGO that promotes conservation by enabling communities to coexist with wildlife and livestock through improving their health and livelihoods around protected areas in Africa, and primarily works with the critically endangered mountain gorillas.