Isabukuru group loses infant Kura

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in Blog.

On January 8, 2017 a clash between the Isabukuru and Musilikale groups in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) sadly resulted in the death of infant Kura just days before her first birthday. Kura’s death comes just one year after the remarkable birth of her and her twin to adult female Isaro in the Isabukuru group.  They […]

Infant in Susa-Kurira group rescued from a snare

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 9th, 2017 in Blog.

By Drs. Noel Bosco & Gaspard Nzayisenga On December 21, 2016 our team trekked into Volcanoes National Park Rwanda to conduct a veterinary assessment and intervention for Icyogere, a 2-year old infant in the Susa-Kurira group who had been seen walking with a wire snare caught on his left arm. We found him with a […]

Routine Health Check on Bikingi group (PHOTOS)

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Silverback Bikingi feeding Gorilla Doctors routinely trek into the gorilla parks in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to observe habituated gorillas with their trained veterinary eyes for any subtle signs of illness or injury.  In this way, our veterinarians get to know individual gorillas and what “normal” is, so that we’re better prepared […]

Bwindi’s Habinyanja group loses orphan Tweheyo

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 in Blog.

Tweheyo had been orphaned since October 2015 after the disappearance of his mother Elsa.  Since then he had been cared for by his father, silverback Makara.  In February of this year, Gorilla Doctors noted that the infant had a very distended belly and had difficulty moving as a result of the swollen abdomen.  He looked […]

Snare removal from a Golden Jackal

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 in Blog.

By Drs. Gaspard, Methode, Noel, & Mike On November 15, 2016, Gorilla Doctors was informed of a wild golden jackal found caught in a wire snare at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. A veterinary intervention to release the animal was planned the same morning. The team arrived at 10:33AM and found the ensnared […]

Dr. Eddy in Mexico

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 in Blog.

By Dr. Eddy How it started: On September 2, 2016 I received an email from Maria Martinez, head of the Education Department at the Guadalajara Zoo, inviting me to be a Keynote Speaker at the International Gorilla Workshop 2016 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I couldn’t believe it at first. My first thought was that it […]

Death of silverback Ndahura

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized.

By Dr. Fred On December 18, Ndahura, a 28-year old silverback and leader of Bitukura group, was reported having fallen 50 meters from a tall tree at around 8:00AM. The fall had occurred while Ndahura was feeding on Chrysophylum fruits and the tree branch he was perched on broke under his weight. Unfortunately, Ndahura failed […]

Goodbye Dr. Joost

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

By Drs. Mike & Kirsten Regretfully we must share the news this month that Dr. Joost has decided to move on from his position as Regional Coordinator for Gorilla Doctors. Joost is truly a clinician at heart – he is happiest when he is treating animals and can watch their condition improve as a result […]

Baby in Mapuwa Group Rescued From Snare

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 in Blog.

  By Dr. Eddy Kambale We received a call from the Chief Warden in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo on October 2 after an ensnared baby was seen in the Mapuwa group during routine monitoring by rangers and trackers. The Mapuwa group consists of 22 gorillas, including 3 silverbacks (Mapuwa, Mvuyekure and Mambo), 1 blackback (Gourba), 6 adult females, 2 sub-adult males, 5 juveniles, […]

Gorilla Doctors in 360-Degree Video

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, October 17th, 2016 in Blog.

By Justin Cox As many of you know, Gorilla Doctors was featured on 60 Minutes early this month. In addition to the piece they created for the show, they also produced a 360-degree virtual reality segment. If you don’t have Virtual Reality gear (which most of us surely don’t) you can watch the video on a smart phone […]