CTPH built a Gorilla Research Clinic in Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s main tourist site, which has now expanded to a larger Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Center with a panoramic view of Bwindi forest, where we give tourists a behind the scenes tour of gorilla conservation through explaining our programs including gorilla health monitoring, community health and livelihoods.
Visit us and get a tour and demonstration showing how we analyze samples from gorillas – visitors can even participate! We also talk about work with the Bwindi local community, which is essential to prevent diseases being transmitted between people and gorillas.
We give seminars including a power point presentation with slides, about our work with the gorillas and Bwindi local community where visitors can get more in depth information followed by a question and answer session. Seminars last an hour to an hour and a half and cost $250 per group.
We offer the intimate gorilla experience where tourists can track gorillas with Dr Gladys or the CTPH team and get more information about gorilla health and conservation. For more information, click here.
In the community health program, we work with Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) who visit homes in their villages and promote hygiene and sanitation, family planning, infectious disease prevention and control through education and referring suspect TB, HIV, Scabies and diarrhea patients. VHCTs also promote nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as, conservation of the gorillas and their habitat including reporting homes that are regularly visited by gorillas to help reduce human and wildlife conflict. We can arrange for tourists to visit our VHCTs in their homes and see how they improve the quality of lives of local communities in their villages.