Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Extra approval for Uganda’s trailblazing gorilla vet, Dr Gladys! – Diary of a Muzungu


Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka’s “Strolling with Gorillas” e-book is on sale in all good bookshops.

We’re immensely proud that our very personal Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka has revealed her memoir. I can’t wait to choose up my copy of her e-book subsequent week within the UK.

“I like to recommend this e-book to everybody fascinated with conservation, assuaging poverty, and the function of ladies in society. However maybe most significantly it’s a really inspiring story of how one decided and devoted lady overcame many setbacks and confronted many risks to comply with and notice her dream.”

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE and UN Messenger of Peace, from the foreword to “Strolling with Gorillas”

Dr Gladys is Uganda’s main, award-winning wildlife vet and gorilla conservation skilled. She is the nation’s first ever wildlife vet. In 2017, we collaborated on an ecotourism information to monitoring gorillas for Horizon Guides. For a few years, she has been calling on us to all put on masks when monitoring the nice apes (gorillas and chimpanzees). In the course of the pandemic, I typically recalled her phrases about the specter of illness unfold between species:

People and gorillas share over 98% genetic materials and might simply make one another sick. Because of this now we have to “tread flippantly” when visiting gorillas and take precautionary measures similar to not monitoring if you find yourself sick, sustaining a distance and sooner or later going an additional step additional by carrying masks to additional scale back human illness threats to the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

BBC Spy in the wild. Uganda. Filming Dr Gladys. John Downer Productions
On location in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest filming “Spy within the wild” for the BBC. Pictured with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka are Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers and the crew from John Downer Productions

This uplifting debut by conservationist Kalema-Zikusoka displays on her upbringing in Uganda and profession as a wildlife veterinarian. Born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1970, the writer was two years previous when her father, a former cupboard minister, was kidnapped and murdered by the forces of then-president Idi Amin. She recounts devoting herself to her training and enrolling on the College of London Royal Veterinary Faculty, changing into at age 26 Uganda’s first veterinarian specializing in wild animals. Vivid anecdotes element the typically gritty nature of her work with endangered mountain gorillas, as when she describes utilizing sugar to assist scale back swelling round a gorilla’s prolapse. By way of her work, she turned “satisfied that you just couldn’t preserve the gorillas wholesome with out enhancing the well being and well-being of the folks with whom they shared their fragile habitats” and commenced finding out illness transmission between people and primates. That analysis, she relates, enabled her to efficiently advocate for Uganda’s adoption of the “One Well being” method to conservation, which acknowledges that human hygiene and well being result in higher welfare for vegetation and animals. The heartwarming narrative testifies to the nice that one particular person can obtain and illuminates the complicated interdependence between people and their environments. Admirers of Jane Goodall will love this.

A abstract of “Strolling with gorillas” from the writer

I’m honoured to get a point out in Dr Gladys’ e-book for our work growing the Gorilla Conservation Espresso web site

Learn extra about Gorilla Conservation Espresso, a intelligent conservation initiative, a sustainably produced espresso and an important cafe too!

Gorilla Conservation Coffee CTPH Uganda
Uganda’s espresso is trending internationally and regionally, espresso tradition is booming too! Gorilla Conservation Espresso, a CTPH initiative from Uganda

Her zeal for animals and gorillas specifically, as witnessed on this e-book, have lead Gladys to floor breaking improvements in conservation profitable her world awards. That is an awe-inspiring stroll by a outstanding woman who stands to be counted amongst ladies of unbelievable dedication and function.

HRH Nnabagereka, Sylvia Nagginda Luswata, Queen of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda

Dr Gladys Kalema and Diary of a Muzungu. Explorers Club Uganda
Dr Gladys rocking the good gown ever! On the launch of the primary sub-Saharan Africa chapter of the Explorers Membership, Uganda in 2014

Dr Gladys is an unbelievable woman. She’s an inspiring function mannequin for Ugandan ladies – and girls in every single place. I can’t wait to learn her e-book!

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