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


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

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

“I like to recommend this ebook to everybody fascinated by conservation, assuaging poverty, and the function of ladies in society. However maybe most significantly it’s a actually inspiring story of how one decided and devoted girl overcame many setbacks and confronted many risks to observe and understand 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 good apes (gorillas and chimpanzees). Throughout 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. Which means that now we have to “tread flippantly” when visiting gorillas and take precautionary measures reminiscent of not monitoring when you find yourself sick, sustaining a distance and sooner or later going an additional step additional by sporting 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 creator 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 schooling and enrolling on the College of London Royal Veterinary School, turning into at age 26 Uganda’s first veterinarian specializing in wild animals. Vivid anecdotes element the generally 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 her work, she grew to become “satisfied that you just couldn’t maintain the gorillas wholesome with out enhancing the well being and well-being of the individuals 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 individual 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’ ebook for our work creating the Gorilla Conservation Espresso web site

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Her zeal for animals and gorillas specifically, as witnessed on this ebook, have lead Gladys to floor breaking improvements in conservation profitable her world awards. That is an awe-inspiring stroll by a exceptional woman who stands to be counted amongst girls of unimaginable willpower and goal.

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 costume ever! On the launch of the primary sub-Saharan Africa chapter of the Explorers Membership, Uganda in 2014

Dr Gladys is an unimaginable woman. She’s an inspiring function mannequin for Ugandan girls – and girls all over the place. I can’t wait to learn her ebook!

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