Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
Gorilla Doctors to the Rescue!
by Pamela Turner
October 8, 2012
Gorilla Doctors to the Rescue!
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Lawlessness in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening the eastern lowland gorillas (also called Grauer’s gorillas) that call this area home. The Gorilla Doctors recently saved the lives of two baby gorillas, Baraka and Isangi, caught by poachers in two separate incidents. You can read about them here. The two are keeping each other company and receiving devoted round-the-clock care.

The poachers probably intended to try to sell Baraka and Isangi as pets—even though this is illegal. Because gorilla families are fiercely protective of their infants, the poachers may have had to kill many gorillas just to capture each baby. Unfortunately, the area where the gorillas live in the DRC is controlled by armed militias, which makes it difficult and dangerous for the Gorilla Doctors and other conservation groups to protect them.

Read more about the work of scientists dedicated to helping our great ape cousins in Gorilla Doctors.

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About Pamela Turner

Pamela S. Turner lives in Oakland, California with her children and her husband. She has a B.A. in social science from UCAL-Irvine and a Master’s of public health from UCAL-Berkeley. She has written numerous books for young readers, including Hachiko and the Scientists in the Field titles Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, The Frog Scientist, Project Seahorse, The Dolphins of Shark Bay and her forthcoming work, Crow Smarts. Visit her website at


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