Partners

The Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo serves as a home base for Gorilla Doctors Co-Director Dr. Mike Cranfield, where he acts as a consulting veterinarian, as well as Gorilla Doctors support staff Nina Storch, the assistant to Dr. Mike Cranfield, and veterinary technician Jennifer Sohl. At the zoo, Jennifer manages our bio bank, which stores tissue and fluid samples collected from gorillas over the years. The bio bank is used by researchers from around the world studying gorilla health issues. The Maryland Zoo is based in Baltimore and has a collection of more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species.

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RDB

Rwanda Development Board

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) includes all the government agencies responsible for the entire Rwandan investor experience. This includes key agencies responsible for business registration, investment promotion, tourism, environmental clearances, and privatization and specialist agencies. RDB oversees the management of Rwanda's three national parks, including Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla Doctors works with Volcanoes National Park and RDB officials in its efforts to monitor and care for Rwanda's mountain gorillas.

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ICCN

L'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature

L'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), or the Congolese Wildlife Authority, traces its origins to 1925 with the creation of Africa's first national park, Albert Park, which is now called Virunga National Park. Gorilla Doctors works with Virunga National Park staff in its efforts to monitor and care for the Democratic Republic of Congo's mountain gorillas. In addition, Gorilla Doctors works with ICCN officials in Kahuzi-Biega National Park to monitor the health of eastern lowland gorillas.

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UWA

Uganda Wildlife Authority

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) was established in August 1996 by the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which merged the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department. UWA manages 10 national parks, including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. MGVP works with UWA officials in both of these parks in order to monitor and care for Uganda's mountain gorillas.

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Great Ape Survival Partnership

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states with an immediate challenge - to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.

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DFGFI

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Founded by Dian Fossey in 1978, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. DFGFI supports continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and provides education about their relevance to the world. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, DFGFI also provides assistance to local communities through education, health, training, and development initiatives. The Gorilla Doctors work with DFGFI to coordinate health screenings and medical interventions for gorillas within DFGFI's research groups in Rwanda.

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IGCP
International Gorilla Conservation Programme

The mission of International Gorilla Conservation Programme is to conserve the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their habitat through partnering with key stakeholders while significantly contributing to sustainable livelihood development of the people living around gorilla habitat. IGCP comprises three coalition partners: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Gorilla Doctors and IGCP collaborate on various conservation projects including the 2010 Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Census and ranger intervention training.

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Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration

Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration is a mechanism for strategic, transboundary, collaborative management of the Greater Virunga Landscape. Set up by ICCN, RDB and UWA with their partners in the region, it started with ranger collaboration to protect mountain gorillas in Mgahinga, Bwindi, Virunga and Volcanoes NPs in 1991. Later it has expanded in scope (tourism, community conservation and research and monitoring). The area also now extends to central and north Virunga (DRC), Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki NPs (Uganda). The Executive Secretariat sits from 2008 in Kigali to coordinate and link stakeholders on behalf of the Protected Area Authorities.

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The Gorilla Organization
Gorilla Doctors partnered with The Gorilla Organization in 2013 to conduct research on the seven remaining Grauer's gorillas living on Mt. Tshiabirimu, outside of Virunga National Park, DRC to develop a game plan for their survival. Gorilla Doctors, along with the Congolese Park Authority (ICCN) conducted an intervention in March 2013 to collect samples from a blackback for a complete genetic analysis and are currently awaiting the results. The Gorilla Organization began in 1989 as the Digit Fund UK. In 1992, the organization was renamed the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund - Europe and today is called The Gorilla Organization. TGO supports Rwandan and Ugandan rangers, the western lowland and Cross River gorillas, as well as various education and development projects in Cameroon, Gabon, DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda.

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Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe

The Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe is working towards the conservation of endangered gorilla populations and their habitats by supporting conservation projects that need additional help. Among their activities is the provision of support to the rangers in the protected areas, for example by supplying equipment. Their aim is to prevent the destruction of the rainforest, particularly in those locations where only small areas of forest are left. In addition, they support the demarcation of reserve boundaries and the afforestation of cleared areas with local tree species, and support projects that raise the awareness of the local population.

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Makerere University

Since 1996, Gorilla Doctors has partnered with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, to build up and support the top veterinary medicine and animal health program in the Great Lakes region of east-central Africa. Gorilla Doctors Co-Director Dr. Mike Cranfield and Research Veterinarian Dr. Jean Bosco Nizeyi, also known as JBN, lead our efforts at the Wildlife and Animal Resource Management (WARM) Department within Makerere’s veterinary school. Over the years, Gorilla Doctors has helped renovate and build new facilities, sponsored public lectures and an annual field-training workshop for students, supported numerous graduate student research projects, developed curriculum, and donated equipment and supplies. JBN has mentored more than 70 veterinary and wildlife health students.

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RAB

Rwanda Agriculture Board

The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) is a key supporter of our PREDICT and One Health programs in Rwanda. RAB provides our PREDICT staff with laboratory and office space, collaborates with Dr. Jean-Felix Kinani to implement our annual rabies vaccination program, and offers other assistance when needed. In addition, Gorilla Doctors and RAB share information about animal disease outbreaks and veterinary issues in Rwanda.green line

DLA Piper

The Baltimore law firm DLA Piper has offered Gorilla Doctors its legal services pro bono since 2005.DLA Piper first started helping Gorilla Doctors in 2005 when Gorilla Doctors was “graduating” from its founding organization, the Morris Animal Foundation, and applying for its own 501(c)3 status with the IRS. DLA Piper continues to help MGVP, Inc. with maintaining its registration as a non-profit organization in Maryland and several other states. DLA Piper has also helped Gorilla Doctors submit trademark applications, review contracts, and advise on other legal matters as they arise. 

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AoC

Art of Conservation

Gorilla Doctors partners with the Art of Conservation (AoC) to promote education on improving wildlife and community health bordering Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Our veterinarians give a demonstration for students enrolled in AoC’s extracurricular conservation and health education program on how and why we treat ill or injured mountain gorillas. During our discussions, students learn that becoming a Gorilla Doctor is a possible career path. Following our visit, AoC students create drawings and paintings depicting themselves as Gorilla Doctors. Gorilla Doctors also works in collaboration with AoC on information sharing, problem solving, and co-hosting training sessions for our alternative cooking fuel initiatives.

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Adventures in Climate Change

Adventures in Climate Change

This website promotes the work of Gorilla Doctors and other nonprofits that work to protect animals and ecosystems in parts of the world likely to experience negative impacts as a result of climate change.