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Veterinary Care

The Gorilla SSP® and all AZA institutions housing gorillas are committed to providing them with the best possible healthcare.
The SSP's Veterinary
Advisors
are
Dr. Tom Meehan, Dr. Pam Dennis, and Dr. Hayley Murphy.

 

 

 

Learn more about the
Gorilla Health Project

and related research aimed toward improving the lives
of gorillas in zoos.

Learn more about the
Great Ape Heart Project.

 

 


G.g. gorilla,
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
(photo by Tad Schoffner)

 

 

 

Veterinarians:
Login to the member's section for access to the Standardized Gorilla
Necropsy Report Form.

 

 

 

 

To learn how veterinarians are contributing to the conservation of wild gorillas, visit the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project website.

 

 

 


Gorilla health


 


Beta, G.g. gorilla, Brookfield Zoo
(photo ©The Chicago Zoological Society,
Brookfield Zoo, Jim Schulz)

Caring for large zoo animals such as gorillas requires a cooperative team of veterinarians, animal care staff, nutritionists, and researchers. Research provides valuable information about how best to care for gorillas in the captive environment.

The Gorilla Health Project is a collaborative effort involving a wide range of personnel within AZA as well as outside collaborators. The ultimate aim of the Gorilla Health Project is to improve the health and welfare of captive gorillas by better understading disease processes within the species.


Mokolo, G.g. gorilla
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
(photo by Tad Schoffner)

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Training for Pregnancy Ultrasound
Binti, G.g. gorilla, Brookfield Zoo
(photo ©The Chicago Zoological Society,
Brookfield Zoo, Jim Schulz)
Learn how training can be used to improve and manage gorilla health.

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