Gorilla Doctors

Patient Leader

The Gorilla Doctors are dedicated to saving the lives of critically-endangered mountain and Grauer's gorillas through health care. Our international team of veterinarians is the only group providing these animals with direct, hands-on care in the wild. Operating in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, our veterinarians care for all of the wild, human-habituated groups of gorillas, as well as all orphaned infants rescued from poachers in the region, and many other species of animals in need of veterinary care. With a special USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats program PREDICT grant, Gorilla Doctors is at the forefront of a global campaign to identify the emergence of new infectious diseases in wildlife that could pose a major threat to human health. Gorilla Doctors in Rwanda and Uganda are leading the field work for this important effort, safely and humanely collecting samples such as blood, saliva and feces from rodents, primates, bats, and birds in places where these species come into close contact with people.


Best in Show: Facebook

Gorilla Doctors team of veterinarians and wildlife health experts do a stellar job of monitoring the health of the critically endangered mountain and Grauer's gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DR Congo. They operate under a One Health concept - that the health of the environment, the wildlife, and the people living in close proximity to the national parks are all inextricably linked. For this reason, the Gorilla Doctors team devote significant time and resources to providing healthcare for national park rangers and their families, domesticated animals, and livestock in the region. Their Facebook page is exemplary of the team's hard work in the field every day, to not only provide top-notch medical care to wild habituated gorillas, but also to captive infant gorillas orphaned by poachers and their work in the worldwide PREDICT program to detect emerging pandemic threats and disease transmission between people and wildlife. www.gorilladoctors.org  — Gorilla

Gorilla Doctors

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