Some of the world’s most innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers and storytellers took to the stage at the prestigious National Geographic Explorers Festival this week in Washington. Amongst them was the renowned Ugandan gorilla conservationist and veterinarian Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, founder of leading organisation CTPH Conservation Through Public Health, and Gorilla Conservation Coffee.
The event brought together National Geographic Explorers with some of the world’s leading experts in science, conservation, education, and other fields to discuss critical conservation issues in depth, and start building an action plan for the future of our planet. It was an important discussion, and Dr Gladys gave a powerful presentation about her work with the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, as part of the Living with Wildlife panel at the event. Her presentation focused on how her organisation CTPH Conservation Through Public Health, and its efforts, are educating and enabling local people to co-exist with wildlife in Uganda. Dr Gladys shared how mountain gorillas in Uganda were becoming sick from human behaviour and shared illnesses, and therefore to protect the gorilla population it was essential to also protect the people of the community, showing them how to live in harmony together with wildlife.
Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka was a recent guest speaker and pitcher at the Lionesses of Africa Start-Up Night! Africa London event held on 26 April where she showcased her work at CTPH and Gorilla Conservation Coffee to an audience of investors, retailers, media representatives and business owners. To find out more about the work of Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and CTPH, click here http://www.ctph.or. You can read Gladys's startup story here.