Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders!

Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders! By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

The conservation of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas depends on the wholehearted commitment of the wildlife authorities and park personnel in all three countries with whom Gorilla Doctors works on a daily basis. The sustainability of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas also depends on the total dedication and incredible knowledge and experience of our Gorilla Doctors veterinarians. […]

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors team in Volcanoes National Park has been closely monitoring a respiratory outbreak in Sabyinyo group this month. Trackers first reported that some of the adults in this 18-member family were coughing. Over several visits, Drs. Noel, Gaspard and Adrien checked on all of the sick gorillas in order to monitor them for […]

Learning from Gorillas to Save Killer Whales

J50 killer whale pod By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 in Blog, Press Releases.

By Kat Kerlin In 2018, the southern resident killer whale population in the Pacific Northwest’s Salish Sea was at its lowest ever. The world watched in September as an orca named Scarlet, or J50, wasted away and died, leaving just 74 of her kind left. Some wondered if this was “What extinction looks like.” Meanwhile, […]

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 […]

Audio: Disease Risks in the Parks & the One Health Approach

Audio: Disease Risks in the Parks & the One Health Approach By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 in Blog.

  Because gorillas and humans are so genetically similar, they are vulnerable to one another’s diseases. The gorilla tourism industry in Africa, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, puts both species in close proximity on a daily basis. Park rules state that visitors must stay 7 meters away from the gorillas at all times, […]

Health Screening for Lwiro Sanctuary Staff through the EHP Program

Health Screening for Lwiro Sanctuary Staff through the EHP Program By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 in Blog.

To reduce the risk of disease transmission between people and gorillas, Gorilla Doctors facilitates annual health screenings and follow-up care for those people who come in contact with the gorillas the most—the people who work tirelessly in the national parks to protect the gorillas. Each year, hundreds of rangers, trackers, researchers, and others who work […]

Keeping Gorillas Healthy by Keeping People Healthy

Keeping Gorillas Healthy by Keeping People Healthy By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 in Uncategorized.

MGVP approaches gorilla medicine from a “One Health” perspective—a belief that the health of the gorillas is inextricably linked to that of the entire ecosystem, including humans and other animal species. Research studies show that gorillas can become ill and even die as a result of coming into contact with zoonotic diseases transmitted by people […]

Top 10 Ways to Protect Mountain Gorillas

Top 10 Ways to Protect Mountain Gorillas By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 13th, 2012 in Uncategorized.

By Molly Feltner, MGVP Communications Officer The recent popular YouTube video showing a tourist being touched by wild mountain gorillas has captivated more than a million viewers and will likely inspire many travelers to book a trip to visit mountain gorillas themselves. While the desire to connect with one of our closest relatives is innate, […]

Empowering African Veterinarians

Empowering African Veterinarians By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, November 28th, 2011 in Uncategorized.

By Molly Feltner, MGVP Communications Officer The MGVP aims to employ outstanding African veterinarians and mentor the next generation of wildlife health experts. To do so, we sponsor educational programs at African schools and universities and continuing education for our staff members. By investing in training we are ultimately envisioning the time when in-country veterinarians […]

The MGVP Story: 25 Years in the Making

The MGVP Story: 25 Years in the Making By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, November 21st, 2011 in Uncategorized.

Dian Fossey with her pet monkey Kima. By Molly Feltner, MGVP Communications Officer This year, MGVP is celebrating its 25th anniversary and we’d like to share a little bit of our history with you. The MGVP began from the vision of American gorilla researcher Dian Fossey. Fossey dedicated her life to studying and protecting mountain […]