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GorillaSince its inception in 1986, the Mountain GorillaSince its inception in 1986, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.) has been collecting health monitoring data on endangered mountain gorillas in the wild and identifying situations in which individual or group clinical intervention is warranted. Our research suggests that pathogens are being transmitted among the species – wild, domestic, and human – that share the mountain gorillas’ ecosystem. The potential transmission of human diseases to great apes is a major threat to species survival. The need for a systematic approach to population-level data collection on which to base intervention and management strategies for reducing disease transmission is critical.

Since its inception in 1986, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP, Inc.) has been collecting health monitoring data on endangered mountain gorillas in the wild and identifying situations in which individual or group clinical intervention is warranted. Our research suggests that pathogens are being transmitted among the species – wild, domestic, and human – that share the mountain gorillas’ ecosystem. The potential transmission of human diseases to great apes is a major threat to species survival. The need for a systematic approach to population-level data collection on which to base intervention and management strategies for reducing disease transmission is critical.

IMPACT is a syndromic surveillance system developed by MGVP, Inc. and powered by Medical Decision Logic, Inc. technology, to collect standardized health data on the mountain gorilla population on a consistent basis to better understand the epidemiology of disease in this highly endangered species. IMPACT captures data collected daily via direct observation of individual animals for health abnormalities. When abnormalities are observed, they are categorized according to defined standard clinical signs. The system is designed to collect baseline data, which, over time, will define the prevalence of diseases within the population, analyse outcomes of interventions and alert conservation managers to disease outbreaks.

Key Benefits:

  • 100% Web-based
  • Standardized Data Collection
  • Support for animal groups
  • Observation Reporting
  • Easy User Administration
  • Structured Multi-site Support