Source: Maryland Zoo

Dr. Mike Cranfield, a dedicated wildlife conservationist, recently passed away due to West Nile Virus. He began his career as the Chief Veterinarian at the Maryland Zoo in 1982, eventually becoming the Director of Animal Health, Research, and Conservation, overseeing the well-being of over 1,500 animals.

In 1998, he led the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), later renamed Gorilla Doctors, working to save endangered mountain and eastern lowland gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The MGVP, initially based at the Maryland Zoo, expanded its efforts to include One Health programs benefiting gorillas, other wildlife, and local communities. Cranfield’s contributions to wildlife conservation and Veterinary medicine are remembered as a lasting legacy.

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