New Census of the Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Population Underway

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors, and the many gorilla conservation organizations working in the region, are eager to learn if and how the Virunga Massif mountain gorilla population has grown, according to the new census which begins today. “Gorilla Doctors Rwanda Field Vet Dr. Gaspard and Uganda Field Vet Dr. Ricky will both be working in the field during the […]

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi

By Jess Burbridge on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 in Blog.

Drs. Ricky and Fred have been closely monitoring Elsa, an 11-year-old female mountain gorilla in Bwindi’s Habinyanja group, who is weak and emaciated and struggling to keep up with the group. Uganda Wildlife Authority trackers first reported Elsa to be sick and trailing the group on August 24th. Our Uganda Field Vets have since conducted […]

Health Screening for Lwiro Sanctuary Staff through the EHP Program

By Jess Burbridge on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 in Blog.

To reduce the risk of disease transmission between people and gorillas, Gorilla Doctors facilitates annual health screenings and follow-up care for those people who come in contact with the gorillas the most—the people who work tirelessly in the national parks to protect the gorillas. Each year, hundreds of rangers, trackers, researchers, and others who work […]

A Trio of Interventions to Attempt to Save Severely Injured Unhabituated Female

By Jess Burbridge on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 in Blog.

Our field veterinarians have had their hands full in the last few weeks with unusual and complicated cases. As always, the vets put 100% of their energy and available resources into saving a life. Sadly, these interventions are not always successful, as was the case of an injured unidentified female mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  […]

Rwanda Celebrates New Mountain Gorilla Babies at Kwita Izina Ceremony

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 in Blog.

The 24 mountain gorillas born within the last year in Volcanoes National Park were given their names during the annual Kwita Izina ceremony on September 5th in Kinigi, Rwanda. In the last 11 years, 197 babies have been named in the annual gorilla-naming celebration! With only an estimated 880 mountain gorillas alive today (according to the […]

Juvenile Agasozindatwa Succumbs to Suspected Tetanus Disease in Rwanda

By Jess Burbridge on Monday, September 7th, 2015 in Blog.

Agasozindatwa, a 5-year-old male mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park’s Sabyinyo group, was lethargic and trailing the group when trackers called Gorilla Doctors for a veterinary assessment on August 10. Dr. Noel visited the group the following day in the bamboo zone of the park and found the juvenile in a weakened state and not […]

New X Ray Machine Will Allow for More Intensive Diagnostics

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 in Blog.

The Gorilla Doctors team is continually in need of new equipment and supplies to maintain a high standard of health care for endangered gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. We are very pleased with the recent addition of a portable x ray machine to our arsenal of tools to use in the field. Gorilla Doctors […]

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 […]