Stitches for Kalembezi in Uganda

blackback gorilla Kalembezi under treatment By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 in Blog.

On July 10, trackers in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) spotted blackback Kalembezi of Rushegura group with serious facial injuries. His wounds appeared to be painful, as his movements were slow. Bwindi trackers suspected the injuries were the result of a fight Kalembezi had with an unhabituated gorilla group ranging nearby. Our Gorilla Doctors team […]

Gorilla Doctors Announces Emmy Rossum as Goodwill Ambassador

Emmy Rossum By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 in Blog.

  Gorilla Doctors, an international team of veterinarians providing life-saving care to wild endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in east-central Africa, today announces the appointment of actor Emmy Rossum as Goodwill Ambassador. Currently starring in the Showtime television series “Shameless,” the award-winning actor is a long-time advocate of animals and the environment. As a Gorilla […]

Census Results: 1,004 Mountain Gorillas Now in the Wild, Largest Population Recorded

vet hand holding gorilla hand By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 in Blog.

The latest census results of mountain gorillas living in the Virunga Massif is news worth celebrating! There are now 604 gorillas in 2016 compared to 480 in 2010. When combined with the estimated 400 gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, there are now 1,004 mountain gorillas surviving in the wild — more than ever […]

Sabyinyo Group (PHOTOS)

Sabyinyo Group (PHOTOS) By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 in Blog.

Please enjoy some recent images of Sabyinyo group. The group was visited twice in April to assess the health of 2 infants (Umuhati and Ubusabane) who were reportedly had skin lesions on their hands and feet. The last veterinary assessment reported signs of significant improvement on both infants without necessitating a veterinary intervention. A follow-up visit […]

Dr. John Bosco Nizeyi retires from Gorilla Doctors

JBN Dr John Bosco Nizeyi collage By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, May 14th, 2018 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors announces the retirement of its long-standing Capacity Development Coordinator, Dr. John Bosco Nizeyi. Dr. Nizeyi (called “JBN” by his Gorilla Doctors colleagues) served the Gorilla Doctors for 25 years. He first served as our Uganda field veterinarian and then shifted to Makerere University in Kampala. At Makerere, JBN was in charge of ensuring […]

Welcome Donna, New Development Officer

Welcome Donna, New Development Officer By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 in Blog.

Last week, Gorilla Doctors welcomed Ms. Donna M. Platt as its new Development Officer. Donna is based in Texas, and has worked in fundraising and advancement for more than 20 years. She has a broad background in all facets of development, with a history of success at the Houston Zoo, Houston PBS and Pacifica Radio, […]

In Memoriam: Ruth Morris Keesling

In Memoriam: Ruth Morris Keesling By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, April 20th, 2018 in Blog.

Today Gorilla Doctors honors the life of Ms. Ruth Morris Keesling, the founder of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Ruth passed away on April 18, 2018 surrounded by her family. Ruth’s incredible dedication to mountain gorillas, the admiration she had for Dian Fossey, and her love of Rwanda resulted in the establishment of the Volcanoes […]

Injured Elephant Gets Medical Help from Gorilla Doctors

wounded elephant treated by gorilla doctors veterinarians By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

It’s hard to predict an average day in the life of a Gorilla Doctors veterinarian. One day could be full of office work; the next could be spent trekking through national parks in pouring rain to track down an injured or ill wild gorilla. As unpredictable as the work can be, our teams are always […]

Gorilla Doctors Helps Get 2018 Bwindi-Sarambwe Census Underway

Mountain gorilla family resting in Virunga National Park By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 in Blog.

Every 5 years or so, the governments of Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) work together with gorilla conservation partners to do a complete population count, or census, of mountain gorillas. The programs are staggered: the most recent census  of the Virunga Massif was conducted in 2016, and in mid-March, the Bwindi […]

Juvenile Kabunga Much Improved After a Gorilla Doctors House Call

Rushegura gorilla family spending time together By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, March 26th, 2018 in Blog.

On March 5th, Dr. Ricky trekked into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park following reports from park authorities that a juvenile mountain gorilla named Kabunga in Rushegura group was very weak. He was not eating and was being left behind by the rest of his group. His mother, Buzinza, is the female who our Uganda team treated […]