Success Made to Last Legends with Dr. Gladys Zikusoka: Uganda’s First Wildlife Vet, author of Walking with Gorillas

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Walking with Gorillas: The Journey of an African Wildlife Vet is unpacked today with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda’s very first wildlife veterinary. You will hear: Gritty stories of caring for gorillas in the mist.Gladys’ vision to improve the health of fragile habitats by improving the health of people.The emergence of One Health and the Gladys’ impact on Covid 19.What Gladys has learned about people through gorillas.We urged you to contribute to Dr. Zikusoka’s non-profit organization to make a significant difference for gorillas and other wildlife. Conservation Through Public HealthWhy you should contribute to this extraordinary person?In the legacy of the late Dian Fossey, Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has become one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a 16-year old nonprofit organization that promotes conservation by improving the quality of life of people and wildlife to enable them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa. She became anAshoka Fellow in 2007 for merging Uganda’s wildlife management and rural public health programs to create common resources for both people and animals.Dr. Gladys trained as a veterinarian at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College. Between 1996 and 2000, she set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. From 2000 to 2003, she completed a zoological medicine residency and masters in specialized veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Zoological Park.Prior to setting up CTPH she also did a certificate in Non-profit management from Duke University. Most recently in 2016, she completed an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship Track. Her most recent awards include the 2017 World Wildlife Day Award from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) for outstanding contribution to conservation in Uganda and 2017 Golden Jubilee Award from the President of Uganda for distinguished service to the nation as a veterinarian and conservationist on International Women’s Day.Other awards include San Diego Zoo’s 2008 “Conservation in Action Award,” the 2009 Whitley Gold Award for outstanding leadership in grassroots nature conservation; 2011 Wings World Quest Women of Discovery Humanitarian Award, and 2014 CEO Communications Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in Medicine and Veterinary category. Under her leadership, Conservation Through Public Health won the Global Development Network 2012 Japanese Most Innovative Development Project Award for scaling social service delivery.Dr. Gladys recently became a National Geographic Explorer and winner of the Sierra Club’s 2018 EarthCare Award. 2019 Finalist for the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa ,the 2020 Uganda Veterinary Association World Veterinary Day Award and the 2020 Aldo Leopold award. She is on the leadership council of Women for the Environment in Africa.

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