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August 14, 2005|By Tyrone Richardson

Dr. Michael R. Cranfield

Occupation: Director of animal health, research and conservation at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Director of Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

In the news: The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project -- a project that aims to protect the health of endangered mountain gorillas -- will move its headquarters and research materials from the Morris Animal Foundation in Colorado to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Career highlights: Cranfield is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. In 1977, he earned a doctorate in veterinary care from the Ontario Veterinary College. Cranfield did a residency in zoological medicine and pathology. He joined the Maryland Zoo in 1982 as chief veterinarian, managing medical care for the zoo's more than 1,100 animals. In 1998, he became director of Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. As director of the gorilla project, Cranfield makes frequent trips to Africa, the native habitat of the mountain gorillas.

Cranfield is a faculty member at the John Hopkins University, the Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary College and Mississippi State University. He has published more than 100 professional articles and abstracts.

Personal: Cranfield, 53, is a native of Canada. He lives in Butler and spends a great deal of his time traveling.

Philosophy: "The role of the zoo medical department was to help solve medical problems that happened in the zoo. With this facility and relationship with Johns Hopkins, it has allowed us to do that. We can get new treatment and apply them to the animals in the wild, and if we were not doing that, we were not fulfilling our mission."

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