Where We Work
Gorilla Doctors operates in all three countries where mountain gorillas live: Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mountain gorillas live in two geographically isolated areas within the region: 1) the Virunga Volcanoes Massif which includes Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in the DRC, and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda; and, 2) Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Our regional and in-country veterinarians monitor each habituated mountain gorilla group living in these parks on a monthly basis. When adequate security allows, our Congolese field-veterinarians also monitor the habituated Grauer’s gorillas living in Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Mt. Tshiabirimu area of Virunga National Park, DRC.
Our regional headquarters and main laboratory are located in Musanze, Rwanda, about a 30-minute drive from Volcanoes National Park. We also have a field facility in Buhoma just outside of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a field facility at the Senkwekwe Center, at the Virunga National Park headquarters in Rumangabo, DRC, and an office in Goma, DRC.
Our Gorilla Doctors staff who have primary responsibility for conducting PREDICT wildlife disease surveillance in Uganda work out of offices and a laboratory at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, while our PREDICT Rwanda staff work out of offices and a laboratory at the Rwanda Agricultural Board’s Rubilizi facility in Kigali.
Directors Drs. Mike Cranfield and Kirsten Gilardi are based in the US, but travel to Africa frequently throughout the year. Dr. Gilardi works out of our administrative base in California at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, while Dr. Cranfield maintains an office at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Jessica Burbridge, Gorilla Doctors Director of Marketing and Communications, is based in Atlanta, Georgia.