Meet Dr Gladys Kalema- Uganda’s Dian Fossey Who Is Championing the Cause to Conserve Gorillas, Has Been Nominated for the Prestigious Tusk Conservation Award.
Dr Gladys Kalema for over 20 years has dedicated her life to the conservation of the incredible and endangered mountain gorillas. Most of her works has been done in the shadows and she has greatly remained unknown to many people. However, she has gotten recognized on an international platform with a nomination from the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards 2019.
In a prestigious ceremony that took place last night be held at The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, in London for the first time, in attendance of Prince William and other celebrities such as singer Katherine Jenkins and French Irish Tv presenter Liz Bonnin. Dr Gladys was placed alongside other conservation heros in Africa in a bid to recognize their efforts towards a greater cause than any of us which to ensure that the endangered species of Africa get a chance to not only live but also thrive in their natural habitats. Other nominees for the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award included Jenerie Lekelelie a former Maasai Warrior from the Kenyan region of Samburu who has championed the drive to conserve lions of Kenya. The other nominee in the conservationist category was Tomas Diagne an African Turtle biologist who has dedicated 25 years of life in saving the Sulcata tortoises. Tomas Diagne was the biggest winner of the night as emerged victorious in the conservationist catergory.
The Tusk Conservation Awards aim to shine a light to conservationists in Africa who have done an incredible job in ensuring that various wildlife species in Africa have an opportunity to thrive in their natural habitat which is frequently being infringed on by humans for various reasons hence leading to human-wildlife conflicts. This year marks the seventh year of these awards that were created in 2013 with Prince William the Duke of Cambridge and second to the throne of England and his wife Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge as the Royal patrons to the awards. In his words during last night’s awarding ceremony, Prince William said “These awards which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people. It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.” Other outstanding partners and sponsors of the awards include Investec Asset Management, British carmaker giant Land Rover and another private donor who maintains his or her anonymity.
According to her website, Dr Gladys Kalema in the legacy of the late Dian Fossey, has become one of the leading conservationists and scientists working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), a 16-year old nonprofit organization that promotes conservation by improving the quality of life of people and wildlife to enable them to coexist in and around protected areas in Africa.
She became an Ashoka Fellow in 2007 for merging Uganda’s wildlife management and rural public health programs to create common resources for both people and animals. Dr. Gladys trained as a veterinarian at the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College. Between 1996 and 2000, she set up the first Veterinary Unit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. From 2000 to 2003, she completed a zoological medicine residency and masters in specialized veterinary medicine at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Zoological Park. Prior to setting up CTPH she also did a certificate in Non-profit Management from Duke University. Most recently in 2016, she completed an MBA in Global Business and Sustainability – Social Entrepreneurship Track.
Her most recent awards include the 2017 World Wildlife Day Award from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) for outstanding contribution to conservation in Uganda and 2017 Golden Jubilee Award from the President of Uganda for distinguished service to the nation as a veterinarian and conservationist on International Women’s Day.
Other awards include San Diego Zoo’s 2008 “Conservation in Action Award,” the 2009 Whitley Gold Award for outstanding leadership in grassroots nature conservation; 2011 Wings World Quest Women of Discovery Humanitarian Award, and 2014 CEO Communications Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in Medicine and Veterinary category.
Dr Gladys recently became a National Geographic Explorer and winner of the Sierra Club’s 2018 EarthCare Award.
Under her leadership, Conservation Through Public Health won the Global Development Network 2012 Japanese Most Innovative Development Project Award for scaling social service delivery.
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