Gorilla Doctors is dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time. Our international veterinary team provides hands-on medical care to ill and injured mountain and Grauer’s gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With only 880 mountain gorillas, and an ever decreasing number of Grauer’s gorillas left in the world today, the health and well being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival. Our veterinary team regularly monitors the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas and intervenes to treat individuals with life-threatening illness or injury whenever possible. The Gorilla Doctors also help rescue and treat mountain and Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poachers.
Gorilla Doctors is a partnership between the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC) and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.) to monitor the health and care for injured and ill gorillas. Director Kirsten Gilardi, also a WHC veterinarian, leads the organization's efforts to ensure the long-term health and survival of the mountain gorilla and the human and animal communities that share their habitat. Gorilla Doctors also conduct research and develop collaborations that build upon the tremendous resources for animal and human health and agricultural development available at UC Davis.