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Colourful sky over Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

My Expertise

  • Uganda

The founder of an NGO focussed on the coexistence of mountain gorillas and people, Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is based in Bwindi National Park, in Uganda. She has been recognised for her pioneering approach to gorilla conservation, receiving the Whitley Gold Award in 2009 and becoming a Tusk Award for Conservation finalist in 2019.

The NGO that she established and now leads, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), promotes conservation by improving the quality of life of people and wildlife to enable them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa. It is this unusual approach that places local communities – and their wellbeing – at the heart of conservation that has gained Gladys and CTPH many plaudits.

CTPH came into being thanks to a scabies outbreak in Uganda in 1996, which spread from humans to gorillas, resulting in the death of an infant gorilla. It was then that Gladys realised that the survival of this critically endangered species was inextricably linked to the health of the local population, given how easily diseases transfer between humans and gorillas. Since then, CTPH has focussed on poverty alleviation and improving rural public health as a tool to aid conservation.

Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Flamingo, shot by Alfie Bowen
Wild World by Alfie Bowen
Nadia Shahanaz Hussain
Alfie Bowen is an exceptionally talented young autistic photographer and wildlife activist. His latest project - Wild World - offers a…
Mountain gorilla, Bwindi, Uganda
Client Reviews
DRC: King Congo – Rear of the Year
Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson
Written and Photographed by our client, Nicky Dunnington-Jefferson. He was big, very big...the biggest of the big, in fact. And he…
Young male gorilla in tree, Ngaga Camp, Odzala, Rep of Cong
Republic of Congo: A Field of Fireflies
Bridget Cohen
As the headlights dimmed and the engine cut, the stillness and the darkness was all around us. My eyes took a…
Walking safari, Serengeti, Tanzania
Q & A
Tanzania: Adventure’s Afoot – Q&A with Jackie Devereux
Jackie Devereux
This article is an excerpt from our new Steppes Traveller magazine – please get in touch with us to receive your…
Figures at sunset, Masai Mara, Kenya
Kenya: Red in Tooth and Claw
Jarrod Kyte
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Beach, Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome & Principe: The Land That Time Forgot
Bridget Cohen
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Leopard, South Luangwa, Zambia
Zambia: Fertile grounds
Chris Johnston
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Lion and wildebeests, Masai Mara, Kenya
This is Africa, this is my Africa
Bridget Cohen
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” Hemingway’s words come to…
African Wild Dogs, Zambia, Southern Africa
Dynasties BBC – Painted Wolves
Fergus Beeley
An iconic African predator, the Painted Wolf, has stared in films going back as early as I can remember. One such…

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