Local Southampton Gal Will Travel To Africa To Save Gorillas

A local veterinarian is taking matters into her own hands, heading to Africa, and filming gorillas in order to help raise money to protect them. I got kinda intrigued by the idea after looking into it. I never knew that gorillas could get so sick from humans observing them in the wild.

Dr.
 Scarlett
 Magda,
 a
 veterinarian
 living
 in
 Southampton,
 is
 passionate
 about
 the
 plight
 of
 the
 Mountain
 Gorilla.
 As
 George
 Schaller
 said,
 “No
 one
 who
 looks
 into
 a
 gorilla’s
 eyes
 –
 intelligent,
 gentle,
 vulnerable
 –
 can
 remain
 unchanged,
 for
 the
 gap
 between
 ape
 and
 human
 vanishes;
 we
 know
 that
 the
 gorilla
 still
 lives
 within
 us.”
 With
 this
 in
 mind,
 Dr.
 Magda
 is
 producing
 a
 film
 to
 inform
 tourists
 about
 the
 risks
 they
 pose
 to
 gorillas,
 and
 what
 can
 be
 done
 to
 minimize
 these
 risks
 while
 on
 trekking
 expeditions.
 Since
 the
 beginning
 of
 human
 culture,
 it
 has
 been
 recognized
 that
 the
 health
 of
 people,
 animals,
 and
 the
 environment
 are
 intimately
 linked.
 The
 common
 cold
 carried
 by
 humans,
 for
 instance,
 can
 create
 deadly
 pneumonia
 in
 vulnerable
 gorillas,
 and
 diseases
 gorillas
 carry
 likewise
 pose
 a
 health
 risk
 to
 humans, 
especially 
when
 standing 
only 
an 
arm’s 
length 
away.

Collaborating
 with
 Dr.
 Mike
 Cranfield,
 Executive
 Director
 of
 Mountain
 Gorilla
 Veterinary
 Project,
 primatologist
 Allison
 Hanes,
 and
 filmmaker
 Billy
 Zeb
 Smith,
 the
 film 
should be pretty exciting to make, not to mention cool to watch when completed

With
 only
 800
 Mountain
 Gorillas
 left,
 it
 is
 critical
 that
 we
 act
 responsibly
 to
 ensure
 their
 survival.

Countries
 filmed
 will
 include
 Rwanda,
 Uganda,
 and
 the
 Democratic
 Republic
 of
 the
 Congo.
 Although
 the
 majority
 of
 funding
 has
 been
 acquired,
 the
 team
 is
 looking
 for
 financial
 support
 to
 cover
 travel
 expenses
 and
 permits
 in
 order
 to
 produce
 it. If interested in supporting the film, shoot an e-mail to 
scarlett@wcff.org. I’m sure she’d be happy to hear from you.

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