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Gorilla Doctors at The Explorers Club
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  • 2019

Gorilla Doctors at The Explorers Club

June 22, 2019 by David E Shaw

Earlier this week I organized and led a presentation at The Explorers Club in New York City to bring attention to an extraordinary wildlife conservation story.  It is the story of a precipitous decline in the planet’s population of mountain gorillas in the past century, and the recent resurgence of that population due to thoughtful and courageous action over several decades.

I experienced these amazing creatures last year in remote volcanic landscapes of East Africa.  My visit was very significantly enriched by an unexpected meeting in Rwanda with Dr. Mike Cranfield – Africa head of Gorilla Doctors.  Our connection was based on deep mutual interests in veterinary medicine and I felt compelled to tell the story of our visit, of mountain gorillas and of Gorilla Doctors via a short film that I screened at The Explorers Club event.  My film can be viewed  here.

David Shaw, Dr. Eddy Kambale Syaluha and Dr. Mike Cranfield with a portrait of Carl Akeley at the Explorers Club

The invitation for the event can be viewed here

Dr. Eddy Kambale Syaluha, David Shaw and Dr. Mike Cranfield presenting at The Explorers Club on June 17, 2019