29 Apr E81: Gorillas, Coffee & Conservation with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
On 22nd April, it’s World Earth Day. Millions of people across the globe get together and take action in protecting our planet. This week’s guest appears to celebrate Earth Day every day through the numerous activities and communities that she engages with.
Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is Founder and CEO of an award winning NGO called Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) that set up one of the first One Health field programs in the world to protect endangered gorillas and other wildlife.
she established Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)’s first veterinary department
In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around habitats where gorillas are found.
She is on the leadership council of Women for the Environment in Africa
and Vice President of the African Primatological Society
After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1996, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)’s first veterinary department. In 2000, she did a Zoological Medicine Residency and Master in Specialized Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina Zoological Park and North Carolina State University, where masters research on disease issues at the human/wildlife/livestock interface led her to found CTPH in 2003. In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around habitats where gorillas are found. The most recent award for CTPH is the 2020 Saint Andrews Prize for the Environment.
She is on the leadership council of Women for the Environment in Africa and Vice President of the African Primatological Society and has sat on a number of Boards including Uganda Wildlife Authority, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, Bwindi and Mgahinga Conservation Trust, Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board and The Gorilla Organization.
Timestamp for talk:
- 3:15 – Gladys speaks about her early passion for working in conservation
- 5:09 – Gladys talked about she helped create a job for herself
- 8:42 – Gladys talks about how she stuck to her principles of becoming a vet with the support of her mother
- 10:09 – Gladys explains how she spoke up against gender stereotypes
- 11:49 – Gladys talks about females in her field
- 13:40 – Gladys talks about the threats that gorillas are facing
- 23:47 – Gladys talks about gorilla conservation coffee
- 25:40 – Gladys talks about tourism, population health and her book
Any links discussed:
Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)