In Memoriam: Ruth Morris Keesling

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, April 20th, 2018 in Blog.

Today Gorilla Doctors honors the life of Ms. Ruth Morris Keesling, the founder of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Ruth passed away on April 18, 2018 surrounded by her family. Ruth’s incredible dedication to mountain gorillas, the admiration she had for Dian Fossey, and her love of Rwanda resulted in the establishment of the Volcanoes […]

Injured Elephant Gets Medical Help from Gorilla Doctors

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

It’s hard to predict an average day in the life of a Gorilla Doctors veterinarian. One day could be full of office work; the next could be spent trekking through national parks in pouring rain to track down an injured or ill wild gorilla. As unpredictable as the work can be, our teams are always […]

Gorilla Doctors Helps Get 2018 Bwindi-Sarambwe Census Underway

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 in Blog.

Every 5 years or so, the governments of Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) work together with gorilla conservation partners to do a complete population count, or census, of mountain gorillas. The programs are staggered: the most recent census  of the Virunga Massif was conducted in 2016, and in mid-March, the Bwindi […]

Juvenile Kabunga Much Improved After a Gorilla Doctors House Call

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, March 26th, 2018 in Blog.

On March 5th, Dr. Ricky trekked into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park following reports from park authorities that a juvenile mountain gorilla named Kabunga in Rushegura group was very weak. He was not eating and was being left behind by the rest of his group. His mother, Buzinza, is the female who our Uganda team treated […]

Thank you Dr. Emily!

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, March 23rd, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors team has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Emily Denstedt, DVM over the past year during her two stints working at our Regional Headquarters in Rwanda as part of her Master of Public Health degree practicum placement. Dr. Emily applied for this specific program at Ontario Veterinary College […]

US & Swedish Dignitaries Visit Gorilla Doctors in Rwanda

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 in Blog.

  On Monday March 5th Gorilla Doctors hosted the American Ambassador to Rwanda, the Honorable Erica Barks-Ruggles, and Sweden’s Ambassador to Rwanda, the Honorable Jenny Ohlsson, at our regional headquarters in Ruhengeri Rwanda. Ambassador Barks-Ruggles was conducting a site visit to Gorilla Doctors to check in on our progress with an important project funded by […]

Silverback in Sabyinyo Group Treated for Respiratory Infection

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 in Blog.

On February 2nd, Gorilla Doctors veterinarians Drs. Gaspard and Methode, accompanied by RDB veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth, hiked into Volcanoes National Park to follow-up on reports from park trackers that several members of Sabyinyo group were showing signs of respiratory illness. Silverback Gihishamwotsi in particular was quite sick, and his condition had worsened over the previous […]

UPDATE: Rescued Gorilla Orphan Musuka (a.k.a. Yalala)

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 in Blog.

As many of you know, last year our Gorilla Doctors in DR Congo saved the life of an infant mountain gorilla caught in a snare. She had been trapped for more than six days, left behind by her family and exposed to the elements, and lost all blood flow to her left foot. Due to […]

THIS is why we do our work!

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in Blog.

Every day that our Gorilla Doctors are in the forest to check on the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas, we are reminded about why we do our work: these animals are magnificent and inspiring, and their conservation and well-being is our #1 goal. But sometimes, a very special reminder comes along that confirms that […]

Rushegura Group Matriarch Buzinza Treated for Arm Injury

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 26th, 2018 in Blog.

Earlier this month, Gorilla Doctors was alerted by trackers in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) that adult female Buzinza of Rushegura group appeared to be favoring one of her arms. Our Gorilla Doctors team immediately hiked into the forest to perform a veterinary assessment to determine  the severity of her injury. When they confirmed that […]