May 2021, 8th - online lecture on Great Ape Conservation
We are excited to announce that there is a free online lecture about "Gorilla Doctors: working on the frontline of Great Ape Conservation and One-health during the COVID-19 pandemics" happening this Saturday, 8 May 2021. Please note the event is at 9:00 am Pacific Time, which is 6:00 pm South African Standard Time (GMT + 2). Please sign up using the following link if you would like to attend. https://forms.gle/ uQS4aLK54kMEde5a6 Speaker Bio: Dr. Kirsten Gilardi (DVM, DACZM) is a wildlife veterinarian, Director of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. Topic: The majority of the world's 1,063 mountain gorillas are human-habituated to facilitate tourism and research. Close proximity to people on a daily basis makes them uniquely at risk for infection with human pathogens. Gorilla Doctors, a partnership between the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the non-profit MGVP, Inc., works to ensure the long-term health and survival of mountain and Grauer's gorillas through life- saving veterinary medicine and science using a One Health approach. Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, wildlife veterinarian and Executive Director of Gorilla Doctors, will discuss how Gorilla Doctors detects and treats illness and injury in habituated gorillas through health monitoring, clinical intervention, and research. In the face of the COVID-19, which is known to infect captive gorillas, Dr. Gilardi will also discuss how Gorilla Doctors has helped to mitigate risk for wild gorillas. This talk is organized by the UC Davis student groups @WAAMatUCDSVM and @TWSatUCD, the Wildlife Disease Association, and the Zoo & Wildlife Medicine Study Group as part of the WDA / ZWMSG webinar series.