Conservation Medicine for Gorilla Conservation

  • Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


This chapter will discuss historical, present, and future approaches of veterinary science and medicine in the context of gorilla conservation and conservation medicine. The emphasis is placed on the mountain gorilla due to the intensity of study this subspecies has received. Disease is now ranked the third most serious threat to the sustainability of gorilla populations in general, and in areas of protected habitat it is considered the primary threat.

There is greater interaction, contact, and confrontation with wildlife as human populations, with their associated agricultural practices and domestic animals, grow and consume and/or utilize more natural resources. Global environmental changes and this human expansion have led to the emergence of new diseases and new host susceptibility to old pathogens as species that have never come into close contact before are forced into novel relationships (Wolfe et al., 1998). This phenomenon presents increased challenges to health...


Mountain Gorilla Yellow Fever Virus Western Lowland Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla Conservation Medicine 
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The authors thank Nina Storch for helping with the manuscript and the field people, of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux and the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature for their dedicated efforts on behalf of the gorillas. MGVP, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 affiliated with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.)
    • 1
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
    • 2
  1. 1.The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Field Veterinary ProgramNew YorkUSA

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