A first for Gorilla Doctors: rescue of a semi-habituated mountain gorilla from a snare

nylon snare on juvenile gorilla leg By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

By Dr. Eddy Kambale In the middle of September, our Gorilla Doctors team in DR Congo received a report from Virunga National Park rangers that an approximately 6-year-old male mountain gorilla in a group that has been undergoing habituation since March had a snare around its leg. Habituation is a lengthy process, requiring daily visits […]

New Mountain Gorilla Babies Named in 13th Annual Kwita Izina Ceremony

New Mountain Gorilla Babies Named in 13th Annual Kwita Izina Ceremony By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, September 4th, 2017 in Blog.

On Friday September 1, the Rwanda Development Board hosted the 13th annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Kingi, Rwanda, a town nestled at the base of Volcanoes National Park. Kwita Izina is inspired by the traditional Rwandese naming custom following the birth of a new baby. In attendance for Kwita Izina 2017 was the […]

Orphan Mountain Gorilla Maisha Passes Away at Senkwekwe Center

Orphan Mountain Gorilla Maisha Passes Away at Senkwekwe Center By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 24th, 2017 in Blog.

The Gorilla Doctors family is heartbroken to report the loss of orphan mountain gorilla Maisha at Virunga National Park’s Senkwekwe Center. Maisha was the oldest of four mountain gorilla orphans that lived at the Senkwekwe Center. “We worked very closely with the caregivers at the Senkwekwe Center to try and get Maisha well” said Gorilla […]

Untimely Goodbye to “Baby Fred”

Untimely Goodbye to "Baby Fred" By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in Blog.

On the morning of February 17, 8.5 year old juvenile mountain gorilla Nvuyekure (nicknamed “Baby Fred”) was reported by Mgahinga National Park personnel in Uganda to be severely wounded.  Gorilla Doctors’ own Dr. Fred quickly mobilized to conduct a full investigation.  Based on his findings during a post-mortem exam of Nvuyekure’s carcass, we suspect that […]

Routine Health Check on the Rushegura group (PHOTOS)

Routine Health Check on the Rushegura group (PHOTOS) By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Blog.

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 Gorilla Doctors veterinarian Dr. Ricky Okwir and a team of rangers, guides, and support staff hiked into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a routine health check on the Rushegura group.  They found the gorillas resting and feeding near a hydroelectric power station in Buhoma. The composition and dynamics of the group have changed […]

Intervention on infant with parasite infestation

Intervention on infant with parasite infestation By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Blog.

By Dr. Fred An unnamed infant in the Bikingi group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, was observed by trackers with an abnormally distended belly earlier this month. He was ambulating independently but with difficulty due to his sagging belly. Distended abdomens can be an indication that an animal has very low protein levels in […]

Infant in Hirwa group successfully treated for respiratory infection

Infant in Hirwa group successfully treated for respiratory infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Blog.

By Dr. Noel Gorilla Doctors have been keeping a close watch on a bout of respiratory illness affecting several members of the Hirwa group in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).  Signs have been mostly mild, so we were taking a conservative approach and letting the outbreak resolve on its own. But last week Igikombe, the infant […]

Isabukuru group loses infant Kura

Isabukuru group loses infant Kura By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Blog.

On January 8, 2017 a clash between the Isabukuru and Musilikale groups in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) sadly resulted in the death of infant Kura just days before her first birthday. Kura’s death comes just one year after the remarkable birth of her and her twin to adult female Isaro in the Isabukuru group.  They […]

Two Kyagurilo Gorillas Injured in Altercation Between Groups

Two Kyagurilo Gorillas Injured in Altercation Between Groups By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors veterinarians in Bwindi National Park are keeping a close eye on two gorillas from the Kyaguliro group after they suffered injuries during an altercation with an unhabituated gorilla group in the area. Rukara, the dominant silverback in the Kyagurilo group and Kabandizea, one of two blackbacks, were reported injured on July 27. Gorilla […]

Orphaned Grauer’s Gorilla Transferred to GRACE

Orphaned Grauer’s Gorilla Transferred to GRACE By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 in Blog.

Photo by Adam Kiefer By Joost Philippa An orphaned Grauer’s gorilla moved to her new home at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week. Lulingu is a 1 1/2-year-old female Grauer’s gorilla who was confiscated from poachers by the Congolese wildlife authority (ICCN) in February. […]