The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project
Atlantic Conservation Partnership hosted special presentations this summer about a unique conservation-education project to save Africa’s mountain gorillas because we want people to learn about these endangered animals and what this group is doing to help the world’s gorillas.
The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) is an acclaimed initiative dedicated to saving the lives of critically-endangered mountain gorillas. An international team of veterinarians—the “Gorilla Doctors”—works for the American non-profit, the only group providing wild mountain gorillas with direct, hands-on care. The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project employs more than a dozen veterinarians and technicians in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, where just 800 mountain gorillas remain today. All but two of the Gorilla Doctors based in the region are African veterinarians from the region.
MGVP’s gorilla healthcare program includes monitoring the health of mountain gorillas to ensure early detection of disease and injury; staging medical interventions to treat gorillas suffering from human-induced or life-threatening trauma; rescuing and providing veterinary care to gorillas orphaned by poachers; and providing healthcare to people and their animals that live near gorilla habitat to reduce the risk of spreading human diseases to gorillas.
To learn more about MGVP, go to: www.gorilladoctors.org.