Cosequin Features Gorilla Doctors in New Campaign

By Jess Burbridge on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 in Blog.

We are very pleased to announce that Cosequin will feature the work of Gorilla Doctors in their upcoming ‘Love Your Pet, Trust Your Vet’™ campaign! Manufactured by Nutramax, Cosequin is a nutritional supplement that helps domestic animals maintain healthy joints. With this campaign, Cosequin is celebrating veterinarians “who provide compassionate and quality health care” to animals around the […]

Kuryama Group Leader Assessed for Bleeding

By Jess Burbridge 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

By Jess Burbridge 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 […]

Introducing Dr. Joost Philippa, Gorilla Doctors New Regional Manager

By Jess Burbridge on Monday, August 10th, 2015 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors is excited to introduce our new Regional Manager, Dr. Joost Philippa! Dr. Joost and his new bride, Arum, as well as their two rescued cats, Lucky and Coconut, arrived to our Regional Headquarters in Musanze this weekend and are getting settled in and meeting the team this week. Dr. Joost is not only […]

Generous Donor Supports Young Veterinarians in Rwanda

By Jess Burbridge on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in Blog.

How can a simple conversation between friends result in changing the lives of mountain gorillas, veterinary students, and local Rwandan communities? Ask Michelle Olenick and she’ll tell you. Michelle, a local Los Angeles resident, learned of Gorilla Doctors over lunch with a friend when she was sharing photos from her trip to Africa.  Michelle first […]

Orphan Kalonge Transferred to GRACE

By Jess Burbridge on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors is happy to report that orphan Grauer’s gorilla Kalonge, who has lived at the Senkwekwe Center in Rumangabo since her rescue in March 2014, was transferred to the GRACE sanctuary for Grauer’s gorillas on July 23 and she will soon join GRACE’s group of 14 orphans and enjoy the company of gorillas once […]

Helping Virunga National Park Protect Wild Elephants

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 in Blog.

Poachers are targeting elephants in Virunga National Park to fuel the illegal ivory trade and Chief Park Warden Emmanuel de Merode and his incredible team of rangers are fighting back to protect these gentle giants. They have enlisted the help of Save the Elephants (STE), a Nairobi-headquartered nonprofit founded by renowned elephant researcher Dr. Iain […]

Gorilla Doctors Welcomes New Veterinarians to the Team

By Jess Burbridge on Friday, July 10th, 2015 in Blog.

The Gorilla Doctors family is excited to welcome two new field veterinarians in Rwanda, Drs. Gaspard and Jean-Claude! Both vets have just completed an eight-month internship, working under our Rwanda field veterinarians and gaining valuable experience conducting health checks, medical interventions, necropsies, domestic animal surgeries, lab work, and data collection. Drs. Gaspard and Jean-Claude’s extended […]

Intra-Group Fighting in Kyaguliro Group Leads to Injuries

By Jess Burbridge 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, […]

Vets Capture Beautiful Moments in Health Check Photography

By gorilladoctors on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 in Blog.

Every week, our hard working field veterinarians are climbing through thick vegetation, up mountainous terrain to reach the gorilla groups, camera in tow. The foundation of Gorilla Doctors work is routine health monitoring—visually observing the members of gorilla groups on a regular basis to check for signs of illness or injury. The team visits every […]