Working to Protect Endangered Great Apes
The Maryland Zoo is partners with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) – a.k.a. Gorilla Doctors – was founded in 1986 and headquartered at The Maryland Zoo for many years. This multi-faceted conservation program is one of the most successful and innovative One Health wildlife projects in the world. It provides health care and life-saving medical interventions to endangered mountain gorillas, Grauer’s gorillas, and other wildlife in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Zoo continues to support MGVP in its quest to slowly but surely bring mountain gorillas back from the brink of extinction in central Africa. MGVP serves as a model not only for wildlife medicine but for building sustainable partnerships with local people and cultivating respect and protection for wildlife. The Zoo also supports the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, a collaborative project in a remote forested area of the Republic of Congo, where chimpanzees and Western lowland gorillas still roam freely but are at acute risk in a disappearing forest.