23 May Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka wins prestigious US conservation award
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the first wildlife veterinary officer of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, is among the winners in the 2018 Sierra Club Awards. She worked with the Authority from 1996 to 2000.
Sierra Club Awards recognize public servants, academicians, journalists, organizations and everyone that has made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment. There are over 20 categories in the program and Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka won the EarthCare Award, which, according to an official statement, “ honours an individual, organization or agency that has made a unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation.”
She is the founder of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a nonprofit that promotes co-existence among people and animals (both domestic and wildlife).
CTPH was started in 2003 and one of the key projects the organization is running is a Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center in Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s main tourist site.
The Sierra Club was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the Scottish-American preservationist John Muir.