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The goals of this study are to understand the causes and routes of transmission of respiratory illness in mountain gorillas and to identify risk factors that can be mitigated to reduce viral pathogen spread. Investigators will identify and compare viruses found in mountain gorillas with viruses found in human and golden monkey groups, looking for evidence of pathogen spillover that could threaten endangered species. They will also develop a statistical model, using information from previous mountain gorilla medical records, to identify risk factors for the development of respiratory illness in the gorillas. This research will inform science-based, targeted recommendations for improved mountain gorilla management and conservation to protect gorilla health. The study will also provide training for a new wildlife health researcher.

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University of California/Davis
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United States
Laurie A. Harris, DMV
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