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 […]

Ensnared Youngster “Yalala” Making Remarkable Recovery

Ensnared Youngster “Yalala” Making Remarkable Recovery By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, August 11th, 2017 in Blog.

After a poacher’s snare nearly took her life, the Gorilla Doctors team is pleased to see young mountain gorilla Yalala making such a remarkable recovery. Our Head DRC Field Vet Dr. Eddy Kambale attributes her recovery to her strong, feisty personality. “She has been through a serious ordeal and endured a lot of stress from […]

Intra-Group Fight In Bwindi’s Bweza Group Leaves Silverbacks Injured

Intra-Group Fight In Bwindi's Bweza Group Leaves Silverbacks Injured By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Blog.

When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain some pretty serious injuries. Over the last thirty years, Gorilla Doctors field veterinarians have watched these impressive males make miraculous recoveries, many times without the need of veterinary intervention. After an interaction, if any gorillas are wounded, our field vets will return to […]

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 […]

Saving Baby Yalala

Saving Baby Yalala By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 in Blog.

Dr. Eddy Kambale On Monday afternoon, June 12 I received a phone call from the ICCN Chief warden Innocent reporting that the ranger team based at the GIKERI Patrol Post had called him about an infant gorilla caught in a snare. They believed the baby was from an unhabituated group, as there was no known […]

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 […]

Rwanda Field Vets Free Juvenile Itorero from Rope Snare

Rwanda Field Vets Free Juvenile Itorero from Rope Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, December 4th, 2015 in Blog.

Itorero, a juvenile gorilla in Volcanoes National Park’s Musilikale group, was freed from a poacher’s snare in a veterinary intervention by Gorilla Doctors, with support from Fossey Fund Karisoke trackers on November 20th. Trackers reported the young gorilla was seen with a rope snare wrapped around his right wrist on the afternoon of the 19th. […]

A Tricky Snare-Removal Intervention in Virunga National Park

A Tricky Snare-Removal Intervention in Virunga National Park By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, October 26th, 2015 in Blog.

Virunga National Park trackers reported an infant mountain gorilla in Lulengo group named Bahoze was caught in a rope snare on Thursday evening, October 1. The park staff observed the infant’s mother, Maganya, trying to remove the snare, but inadvertently tightening the rope. Gorilla Doctors director Dr. Mike Cranfield crossed the border from Rwanda into Goma, DRC after […]

New Census of the Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Population Underway

New Census of the Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Population Underway By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors, and the many gorilla conservation organizations working in the region, are eager to learn if and how the Virunga Massif mountain gorilla population has grown, according to the new census which begins today. “Gorilla Doctors Rwanda Field Vet Dr. Gaspard and Uganda Field Vet Dr. Ricky will both be working in the field during the […]

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 in Blog.

Drs. Ricky and Fred have been closely monitoring Elsa, an 11-year-old female mountain gorilla in Bwindi’s Habinyanja group, who is weak and emaciated and struggling to keep up with the group. Uganda Wildlife Authority trackers first reported Elsa to be sick and trailing the group on August 24th. Our Uganda Field Vets have since conducted […]