- Service & Advocacy
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.