whereWhere 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.

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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.

Drs. Mike Cranfield, Kirsten Gilardi and Dawn Zimmerman work out of our administrative base in California: Gilardi’s office is at the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, while Cranfield maintains an office at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.