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 […]

Injured Orphan Kalonge Healing Well Reports Dr. Eddy

By gorilladoctors on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in Blog.

Dr. Eddy made the trip to Rumangabo this week to check on orphan Grauer’s gorilla Kalonge, who broke her femur when she fell from a tree in her enclosure at the Senkwekwe Center on May 12 (Read about Dr. Eddy’s initial assessment here.) Our Head DRC Vet reports that Kalonge is healing really well. She […]

Lulengo and Mapuwa Groups Interact, Silverbacks Face Off

By gorilladoctors on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 in Blog.

While Dr. Eddy was on Mt. Tshia last week, Dr. Martin was in the Mikeno Sector of Virunga National Park assessing the health of the 31 mountain gorillas in the Lulengo and Mapuwa groups. There was an interaction between the two groups during Dr. Martin’s visit and when he arrived to the group, the four […]

Mt. Tshiabirimu’s Katsabara Group Visited by Dr. Eddy

By gorilladoctors on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 in Blog.

Dr. Eddy made the long trip to Mt. Tshiabirimu last week to assess the health of the remaining six gorillas living on this isolated mountain in DRC. The tiny group is comprised of dominant silverback Katsabara, adult female Mwengesyali (Mwenge for short), and her baby, blackback Mwasa (who will soon be a silverback), blackback Mukokya, […]

Houston Zoo Continues Critical Support & Highlights Gorilla Doctors Work

By gorilladoctors on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 in Blog.

The Houston Zoo, a long-time supporter of Gorilla Doctors, celebrated the opening of their brand new gorilla exhibit this month. The $28 million exhibit is home to 7 western lowland gorillas and, at 4,000 square feet, is said to be the largest gorilla exhibit in the world. Zoo staff chose to highlight the opening of […]

Rescued Chimp Orphan Kindu Receives Veterinary Care at Lwiro

By gorilladoctors on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 in Blog.

On May 12th around 4pm, Kahuzi Biega National Park staff received a call from Bukavu Harbor authorities, reporting that a military man was caught trying to smuggle an infant chimpanzee to sell on the black market. The park staff responded quickly and transported the infant to Lwiro, a DRC sanctuary for rescued primates. Dr. Martin […]