Tusk Conservation Lecture 2016

Tusk Conservation Lecture 2016


Gorilla Conservation and Improved Health Care – how are they linked?

Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with an estimated population of 880 individualsfound in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Volcanoes spanning Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. People living in the region are among the poorest in Africa, with limited access to basic social services, and high population growth has pushed people to settle closer to gorilla habitat, sometimes resulting in conflict and disease transmission.

Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, the dynamic and inspirational founder of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), will give a fascinating talk into her unique approach to conservation. As Uganda’s first wildlife vet she will explain how she established CTPH after she traced fatal scabies skin disease outbreaks in the mountain gorillas, to people living around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, who have less than adequate health care.


CTPH promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people, wildlife and livestock to coexist through improving their health and livelihoods in and around protected areas in Africa. CTPH’s goal is to prevent and control disease transmission at the human/wildlife/livestock interface while cultivating a winning attitude to conservation and public health in local communities.

With funding from Tusk Trust, CTPH built a Gorilla Health and Community Conservation Centre to provide a permanent home for the programs, including adding more rooms for laboratory and clinical work and a community education centre. CTPH plans to strengthen research partnerships with Universities and research institutions to evaluate and improve the impact of the One Health and conservation approach; and expand the integrated model to other protected areas in Africa including Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve in Uganda, and Mount Elgon National Park in Uganda and Kenya.

Ticket Prices:
Lecture Only: £15.00 + Eventbrite Booking Fee of £1.48 (£16.48)
Lecture + Reception (Drinks & Canapes): £35:00 + Eventbrite Booking Fee of £2.58 (£37.58)

Doors open at 6:00pm - Lecture commences at 6:45pm - Reception 8-9pm

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