Gorilla Doctors

Saves endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in the wild in east-central Africa with hands-on veterinary care. Cares for baby gorillas rescued from poachers. Trains young Africans in conservation. Conducts research on disease threats to gorillas.

vet-feeding_gorillaGorilla Doctors conserves eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) through life-saving veterinary care and a One Health approach in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. We are dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (or Grauer’s) gorilla species, one gorilla patient at a time.  Staffed nearly entirely by African wildlife veterinarians who form teams in the three countries, Gorilla Doctors provides emergency care to gravely injured and ill gorillas and to infant gorillas rescued from poachers. Also, we closely monitor gorillas for signs of injury or illness, undertake gorilla health research to direct management and conservation efforts and conduct surveillance in other wildlife populations for diseases that could threaten gorillas.

Because the transmission of human diseases to gorillas is one of the greatest threats, Gorilla Doctors runs a preventive medicine program for the staff and who serve as trackers and guides and their families. This One Health approach protects the gorillas and ensures that the people who come into close contact with gorillas are as healthy as possible.

Gorilla Doctors supports advanced training for African veterinarians who seek careers in wildlife and conservation, thus investing in the next generation of wildlife veterinarians. Gorilla Doctors, also known as the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Inc., works in partnership with the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine.

Contact Information

Gorilla Doctors
PO Box 356
Davis, CA 95617
(T) 530.752.4896
(F) 530.752.3318

Financial Information

Gorilla Doctors is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: An infant mountain gorilla peers at staff from Gorilla Doctors.
Photo: Dr. Eddy cares for an orphan gorilla confiscated from poachers.

Donate Now To Gorilla Doctors


Donate now to help us provide life-saving veterinary care to the endangered eastern gorillas. Your donation will help ensure that the mountain and eastern lowland gorilla species will be with us for generations to come.

To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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