THE STORY: I'm participating in the Austin Gorilla Run and raising funds for the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF). Proceeds from the race directly benefit the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center in Kampala, Uganda. The brand new facility will include two main lecture halls with seating for 100 students, two large scale research laboratories, postgraduate and grant research offices. The lower section will contain a Wildlife Disease Surveillance Biohazard Level 1 Bio Bank. A first of its kind research center for Africa! In 1987 there were only 248 mountain gorillas alive in the world, but through the veterinary and conservation efforts of the MGCF, we are proud to announce the population is currently estimated at 880!