On 60 Minutes, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan reports on the Gorilla Doctors, a team of veterinarians who are dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla species from extinction. The dozens of doctors work in the national parks of three African countries — Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Many of the doctors and students are American, including UCD SVM (student Marlene Haggblade who made an amazing two-minute video documenting her summer “externship” in Rwanda in 2016 (see below).
Haggblade also wrote of her externship: “My only disappointment was not being allowed to enter the park with Gorilla Doctors to see the work they do first hand. Strict regulations limit access to the gorillas. But, having flown 26+ hours to Rwanda, I decided I couldn’t leave without trekking to see the mountain gorillas myself, even if it meant doing so as a tourist. It was the most expensive hour of my life – and worth every penny!” She got to see 18 “gentle giants.” To learn more or to donate to the non-profit organization Gorilla Doctors, visit their website. 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.