Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo
There are approximately only 880 mountain gorillas left on earth, residing in only two small parks, one in Uganda and the other including a corner of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. MGVP is dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time. Their international veterinarian team, the Gorilla Doctors provides hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With so few mountain gorillas left in the world today, the health and well-being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival.
In addition to providing mountain gorillas with healthcare, the veterinary team monitors the health of DRC’s Grauer’s, or eastern lowland, gorillas and intervenes to help sick individuals when possible. The Gorilla Doctors also help rescue and treat mountain and Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poachers.
"My friend Jack Hanna had introduced me to the great work that Dr. Mike Cranfield and his staff are doing at the MVP and having visited their facility in Rwanda, I saw first-hand that their work is absolutely essential for the long-term survival of the mountain gorillas." -John Banovich
In order to ensure a healthy future for this special animal, the gorillas are monitored on a regular basis, and are provided with life-saving medical care. The Gorilla Docotors perform health studies and do everything they can to build local capacity in veterinary medicine and ecosystem health.