UC Davis veterinarians soon will begin researching and treating some remarkable patients: the extremely endangered wild mountain gorillas of central Africa.
The university on Thursday announced a collaboration between its Wildlife Health Center and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, which is working to conserve the world's remaining 740 mountain gorillas that live in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo.
With $750,000 in funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, UC Davis is establishing a program to monitor and care for the gorillas as well as the people and other animals in that region. The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project's longtime director, Michael Cranfield, will join the UC Davis staff while overseeing the work of seven other veterinarians and 12 technicians in the field.
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