30 Oct Training of Human and Gorilla Conflict resolution teams (HUGOs)
On 28th October 2021, Conservation Through Public Health and Uganda Wildlife Authority commenced training of Human and Gorilla Conflict resolution teams (HUGOs) who are Gorilla Guardians of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Key training topics included COVID-19 history, signs and symptoms, vaccination, different variants, and prevention of COVID-19 among people and from people to mountain gorillas.
Other topics included Great Ape viewing guidelines and gorilla health monitoring including practical training on gorilla health monitoring through recognizing clinical signs and collecting gorilla fecal samples.
A key highlight was presenting Gorilla Guardian t shirts generously donated by Laura Anrdt of Global GreenSTEM. They were handed over by our Founder and CEO, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka in appreciation for their noble service in helping to keep the mountain gorillas safe and healthy.
We would like to thank Milkywire and all supporters of the Gorilla Guardians project on GlobalGiving for their generous donations and implementing partners – Uganda Wildlife Authority, Bwindi Community Hospital and Kanungu District for making this training possible.