Introducing Gorilla Doctors, our new charity partner in Rwanda

July 19, 2013

The Gorilla Doctors treating a patient (Photo copyright of Gorilla Doctors)We are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Rwanda-based Gorilla Doctors. This dedicated team of vets work across Rwanda, Uganda and DRC to conduct medical monitoring and treatment for the mountain gorillas that live there.

Journeys Discovering Africa has pledged to make a donation to Gorilla Doctors for everyone who visits Rwanda on one of their primate safaris. In addition, we will encourage clients to visit the veterinary team for a behind-the-scenes tour of their facilities and a chance to learn more about the vital conservation work they carry out.

“As an African wildlife safari company offering gorilla safaris, we are keen to support the work of an organization such as Gorilla Doctors” commented Patrick Shah, CEO of Journeys Discovering Africa. “Their work has definitely contributed to the successful population growth of this critically endangered species. We are proud to support their vital work.”

Dr Kirsten Gilardi, co-Director of Gorilla Doctors said “we are delighted to have Journeys Discovering Africa on-board as a sponsor – we always welcome such support from the tourism community”.

Gorilla Doctors were founded in 1986, and the veterinary team are instrumental in saving the lives of Central Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas and Grauer’s gorillas, treating both wild and habituated gorillas for life threatening injuries and illness. They also aid and assist wildlife officials in the rescuing of orphaned gorillas and conduct important scientific research into gorilla diseases, amongst other activities. The Gorilla Doctors are jointly supported by the non-profit Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Inc. and the University of California Davis Wildlife Health Center.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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