Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

Conservation Through Public Health

Big Idea: 

Conflict, poaching, and habitat destruction nearly caused the extinction of the mountain gorilla. Today primatologists estimate there are only 800 to 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the world. Conservation Through Public Health keeps these mountain gorillas and their habitat healthy by creating ways for communities and wildlife to coexist in and around African parks.

Gladys trained as a veterinarian and set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. She pioneered the first wildlife translocations to restock Uganda's national parks following years of poaching during Uganda's civil wars. She trained at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College and earned a Masters in specialize veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University. Fun fact: Gladys was born at Mulago Hospital, Mulago Foundation’s namesake!

Henry Arnhold Fellows