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Seminar: A One Health Approach to Mountain Gorilla Conservation

Fish Tank Lobby
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm



Thursday, April 24
Reception 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Fish Tank Lobby

Lecture 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Room 1226 Vet Med Building



Dr. Michael Cranfield in the field
treating gorillas.
Photos ©Gorilla Doctors


Michael R. Cranfield, DVM, will discuss his work and experiences with saving the lives of endangered mountain gorillas in Africa. 

Since 1998, Dr. Cranfield is the project director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, an internationally renown non-profit dedicated to the care of mountain gorillas. Five years ago, the MGVP partnered with the University of California (Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine to form Gorilla Doctors, which is co-directed by Dr. Cranfield. Gorilla Doctors employs more than a dozen veterinarians and health experts in the countries where mountain gorillas live, providing health programs for the gorillas. He was one of the first veterinarians to embrace the One Health concept for great ape conservation. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, and completed a residency program at the Toronto Zoo. In addition to his work with Gorilla Doctors, and as a senior veterinarian at the UCD’s Wildlife Health Center, he is also a consulting veterinarian for the Maryland Zoo and serves on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses include avian malaria in penguins, parasitic diseases in reptiles, and reproductive physiology of macaques. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions in the field of conservation medicine from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and the Michael Hankin Award for Conservation which recognizes “individuals who epitomize the legacy of conservation, volunteerism, and philanthropy.”