Gorilla Doctors provides life-saving medical care to the critically endangered mountain and Grauer's gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda, and DR Congo.
The Gorilla Doctors healthcare program includes:
-Monitoring the health of mountain gorilla groups to ensure the early detection of disease and injury.
-Staging medical interventions to dart sick animals with antibiotics or anesthetize and treat gorillas suffering from human-induced or life-threatening trauma.
-Rescuing and providing veterinary care to gorillas orphaned by poachers.
-Documenting and studying health trends to better predict disease outbreaks.
-Conducting post mortem examinations on dead gorillas to learn all that we can about the health problems that contributed to their deaths.
-Preserving tissue and fluid samples to be used by researchers investigating primate health issues.
-Providing preventive healthcare to the dedicated park personnel who protect the gorillas, and to the people and their animals that live near gorilla habitat, in order to reduce the risk of inter-species disease transmission.