Silverback Bukima Protects Intervention Team as Field Vets Work to Free Ensnared Baby

Silverback Bukima Protects Intervention Team as Field Vets Work to Free Ensnared Baby By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Blog.

Drs. Eddy and Martin were notified by Innocent Mburanumwe, Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, that a baby mountain gorilla named Mayani had become caught in a poacher’s snare on September 3rd. Trackers found Rugendo group members attempting to free Janja’s baby from the nylon snare, which was wrapped tightly around his left wrist. Mayani’s hand […]

Gorilla Doctors treats Sabyinyo silverback after respiratory outbreak

Gorilla Doctors treats Sabyinyo silverback after respiratory outbreak By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 in Blog.

In Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, the silverback of Sabyinyo group, Gihishamwotsi, was observed by park personnel with signs of respiratory illness, including coughing and nasal discharge, lethargy and poor appetite, prompting Gorilla Doctors veterinarians to take a closer look. On March 28, when Gihishamwotsi’s status was reported to be deteriorating, Drs. Noheli Jean Bosco, Gaspard […]

Kuryama Group Leader Assessed for Bleeding

Kuryama Group Leader Assessed for Bleeding By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 in Blog.

Kirahure, the 24-year-old dominant silverback of Kuryama group, was wounded after a suspected fight with beta silverback Vuba in late July. At the time, the wound was reported to Gorilla Doctors by the Fossey Fund’s Karisoke trackers (who regularly monitor Kuryama group) and the wound was minor and not in need of veterinary care. However, […]

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 in Blog.

A respiratory disease outbreak has been spreading through Rwanda’s Hirwa group during the last week and Drs. Noel and Julius are closely monitoring this group of mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Munyinya, the leader and only silverback in the group, had a productive cough and nasal discharge and was lethargic and still laying in […]

Intra-Group Fighting in Kyaguliro Group Leads to Injuries

Intra-Group Fighting in Kyaguliro Group Leads to Injuries By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 in Blog.

Since silverback Rukina’s death in early April, intra-group fighting has erupted in Kyaguliro group as blackback (almost silverback) Mukiza continues to challenge the new dominant silverback, Rukara. The two males have been fighting for dominance for months, and in late April, Rukara seriously injured Mukiza in a fight, but as adult male gorillas tend to do, […]