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 […]

Dr. Noel Named 2017 Wildlife Warrior by Houston Zoo

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 in Blog.

We are pleased to share that our very own Dr. Noel has been named a 2017 Wildlife Warrior by the Houston Zoo! Our Rwanda Field Vet, who has been with Gorilla Doctors since 2009, monitors the health of all of the habituated mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and intervenes to administer treatment to sick […]

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 […]

“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Raises $4,000 for Gorilla Doctors

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 in Blog.

Musician Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band) has been an outspoken supporter of Gorilla Doctors for several years. (His wife, Jess Burbridge is our very own Development & Communications Officer!)  In 2015, fan and friend Chris DiNardo decided to launch a “Let Oteil Sing” t shirt campaign to celebrate Oteil joining the newly […]

Gorilla Sculpture Unveiled at the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, August 18th, 2017 in Blog.

by Justin Cox In late 2015, California artist Lisa Reinertson donated a beautiful fired-clay sculpture, Sleep of Reason, to the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. On Thursday night, the 6-1/2 foot tall piece was unveiled at a ceremony in which Reinertson shared her gratitude for Gorilla Doctors’ work and explained the inspiration and meaning […]

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

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 […]

Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe Supports Gorilla Doctors

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Blog.

This month, Gorilla Doctors was thrilled to receive news from Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe’s Dr. Angela Meder that an anonymous donor wished to support the conservation of the Virunga Massif’s eastern gorillas. The donor made a generous gift of almost $23,000 to help fund Gorilla Doctors’ field activities in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC.  Berggorilla […]

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 […]

Jess Burbridge Rejoins Gorilla Doctors Team

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 17th, 2017 in Blog.

This week, the Gorilla Doctors team welcomed back Jess Burbridge as the new Development and Communications Officer. Jess served as the Gorilla Doctors Director of Marketing and Communications from October 2012 to January 2015, and in that position, she created and maintained all of the organization’s outreach materials such as the website, social media channels, […]