Silverback Bukima Treated for Respiratory Infection

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 in Uncategorized.

Early on March 6 Dr. Eddy received a call from Virunga National Park that silverback Bukima, the leader of Rugendo group, was staying longer than usual in his night nest, and had been observed coughing and having a runny nose for the past two days.  Gorilla Doctors mobilized quickly to check on Bukima and his […]

Untimely Goodbye to “Baby Fred”

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in Blog.

On the morning of February 17, 8.5 year old juvenile mountain gorilla Nvuyekure (nicknamed “Baby Fred”) was reported by Mgahinga National Park personnel in Uganda to be severely wounded.  Gorilla Doctors’ own Dr. Fred quickly mobilized to conduct a full investigation.  Based on his findings during a post-mortem exam of Nvuyekure’s carcass, we suspect that […]

Routine Health Check on the Rushegura group (PHOTOS)

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 30th, 2017 in Blog.

On Wednesday January 18, 2017 Gorilla Doctors veterinarian Dr. Ricky Okwir and a team of rangers, guides, and support staff hiked into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a routine health check on the Rushegura group.  They found the gorillas resting and feeding near a hydroelectric power station in Buhoma. The composition and dynamics of the group have changed […]

Intervention on infant with parasite infestation

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Blog.

By Dr. Fred An unnamed infant in the Bikingi group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, was observed by trackers with an abnormally distended belly earlier this month. He was ambulating independently but with difficulty due to his sagging belly. Distended abdomens can be an indication that an animal has very low protein levels in […]

Infant in Hirwa group successfully treated for respiratory infection

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in Blog.

By Dr. Noel Gorilla Doctors have been keeping a close watch on a bout of respiratory illness affecting several members of the Hirwa group in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).  Signs have been mostly mild, so we were taking a conservative approach and letting the outbreak resolve on its own. But last week Igikombe, the infant […]

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 […]