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 […]

Tackling Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Tackling Infectious Disease Outbreaks By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 in Uncategorized.

Dr. Julius finds a bat.By Molly Feltner, MGVP Communications Officer 2011 marked the second year of PREDICT, the USAID-funded project led by the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center investigating emerging infectious diseases in wildlife in Uganda and Rwanda. Our PREDICT staff, who are dedicated to finding new diseases that could transfer from wildlife to humans, […]

UC Davis Medical Residents Support Gorilla Health Through Human Health

UC Davis Medical Residents Support Gorilla Health Through Human Health By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 in Uncategorized.

This month and last, MGVP has been hosting residents from the UC Davis Medical at our headquarters in Rwanda. As part of our One Health initiative to improve gorilla health by supporting human health programs, the doctors are working with patients and staff at the local Ruhengeri Hospital. Dr. Uppinder Mattu, a third-year resident currently […]