Gorilla Welfare at the Booth

The Booth Museum has welcomed a visiting scientist to its collections once again, this time matching Professor John E. Cooper to the Keeper of Natural Sciences John A. Cooper! Professor Cooper wanted to see our collection of Gorilla material which consists of about 20 specimens including skulls and other parts of their skeletons. He brought his grandson Moses to see behind the scenes too and he proved to be a very able assistant.

Professor John E. Cooper and grandson Moses.
Professor John E. Cooper and grandson Moses.

Professor Cooper is a wildlife veterinarian with specialist training in comparative pathology and tropical medicine. He and his wife have lived in Africa, Arabia, Europe and the Caribbean. In particular he worked and lived in East Africa including Kenya and Rwanda where his expertise was used in the study of gorillas. He especially worked towards a better understanding of the factors that affect the health and welfare of these marvellous creatures. Now living in the UK Professor Cooper and others formed a Gorilla Pathology Study Group and amongst their work is the inspection of collections such as those in the Booth, looking for signs of disease for forensic studies. The Group will eventually publish their work, aimed at prima­tologists, veterinarians, biologists, osteologists and conservationists.

Professor Cooper’s visit will be the first of many that he will make as his studies of the Booth’s material grow in depth.

John Cooper, Keeper of Natural Sciences

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