California Sculptor Lisa Reinertson to Donate Gorilla Sculpture to WHC

By Jess Burbridge on Monday, November 23rd, 2015 in Blog.

California artist Lisa Reinertson created the incredible sculpture, Sleep of Reason, and would like to donate her gorilla sculpture to the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center (WHC), the UC Davis home of Gorilla Doctors. The sculpture, standing 6-1/2 feet tall, will be permanently placed in the public foyer of the WHC building on campus. The artist has pledged to donate her […]

Intervention to Release Ensnared Adult Female Busime in Pungwe Group

By Jess Burbridge on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

by Dr. Eddy Kambale Pungwe, a group of 18 Grauer’s gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park, has been in the process of being habituated to human presence for tourism and research for about two years now. Drs. Eddy and Martin have been visiting the group regularly to assess the group members health, but last month, […]

Dr. Joost Visits Grauer’s Orphans at GRACE

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 in Blog.

by Joost Philippa My new position as the Regional Coordinator began in August and since then, I have been based in Rwanda at the Gorilla Doctors HQ in Musanze. Recently I was able to make my first visit to DRC. It’s always exciting to visit new places and cultures… especially when the differences are quite […]

Gorilla Love II at Hinoki & the Bird Restaurant

By Jess Burbridge on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 in Blog.

by Michael Morales Gorilla Love 2 got underway Thursday evening, greeting guests with six larger than life photos hanging outside Hinoki & the Bird restaurant in Los Angeles. Displaying the majestic beauty of the mountain gorillas and the important work Gorilla Doctors veterinarians do in the field daily, guests of Gorilla Love 2 knew they were […]

A Tricky Snare-Removal Intervention in Virunga National Park

By Jess Burbridge on Monday, October 26th, 2015 in Blog.

Virunga National Park trackers reported an infant mountain gorilla in Lulengo group named Bahoze was caught in a rope snare on Thursday evening, October 1. The park staff observed the infant’s mother, Maganya, trying to remove the snare, but inadvertently tightening the rope. Gorilla Doctors director Dr. Mike Cranfield crossed the border from Rwanda into Goma, DRC after […]

Another Successful Rwanda Fête for Partners in Conservation

By Jess Burbridge on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 in Blog.

On Saturday, September 19th, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosted the 21st annual Rwandan Fête, an event to raise funds for Partners in Conservation projects, such as Gorilla Doctors and other organizations working in Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. “Partners in Conservation was created by Columbus Zoo staff and docents in response to the dramatic […]

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.  […]