Photography & Conservation: A Discussion with Ian Wood

Photography & Conservation: A Discussion with Ian Wood By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 in Blog.

This month through November 15th, UK-based wildlife photographer Ian Wood is auctioning a limited edition mountain gorilla photo signed by the legendary Sir David Attenborough (now on Netflix with A Life on Our Planet). Ian is donating 100% of the auction proceeds to Gorilla Doctors. He’s also selling a collection of limited edition prints on […]

Growing Up Gorilla Part 2: Kwita Izina

Growing Up Gorilla Part 2: Kwita Izina By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 in Blog.

Kwita Izina –  “to give a name” – is the annual Rwandan ceremony for naming each of the infant mountain gorillas born in the previous year. The celebration first began in 2004, inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of families gathering friends to welcome a new baby. The annual celebration honors not only the new […]

The Positive Ripple Effect of Saving One Mountain Gorilla

The Positive Ripple Effect of Saving One Mountain Gorilla By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, September 14th, 2020 in Blog.

Ruterana, a female mountain gorilla in Rushegura group, who just gave birth on August 29th, makes a great case for the importance of treating individual gorillas for the good of the entire species. Gorilla Doctors first started monitoring and treating Ruterana in 2012 for a heavy parasite burden that was impacting her health. More recently, […]

Guardians of Gorilla Health: Team Uganda

Guardians of Gorilla Health: Team Uganda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors began in 1986 as a single American veterinarian stationed in Rwanda. Today, Gorilla Doctors employs 10 full-time veterinarians from Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This extraordinary team works continuously throughout the year, on-call 24/7 to treat ill and injured mountain and Grauer’s gorillas. Over the next few weeks we’re going […]

Silverback Rafiki: Mountain Gorilla Killed by Poachers in Uganda

Silverback Rafiki: Mountain Gorilla Killed by Poachers in Uganda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 in Blog.

On June 12th, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) released a statement on the death of Rafiki, the lead and only silverback of Nkuringo group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Gorilla Doctors’ post-mortem examination on Rafiki revealed that the likely cause of death was the result of injury from a sharp device/object that penetrated his left […]

Mountain Gorilla Shida Receives Ongoing Treatment

Mountain Gorilla Shida Receives Ongoing Treatment By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, February 14th, 2020 in Blog.

UPDATE: On February 17th, Dr. Ricky successfully administered a second dose of deworming medication and multi-vitamins. Shida was showing some improvement, while still shy and moving slowly, she was feeding more and her hair coat condition was also improving. START Original Post first published 2/14/2020 – You may remember Shida from last January, as she […]

BREAKING: New Mountain Gorilla Numbers Announced!

BREAKING: New Mountain Gorilla Numbers Announced! By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 16th, 2019 in Blog.

Today in Kampala, Uganda (+11 hours ahead of PST), the Uganda Wildlife Authority announced the results of the 2018 Bwindi-Sarambwe mountain gorilla population survey, with mountain gorillas in this region increasing to a minimum of 459. When combined with the 2015-2016 population survey results in the Virunga Massif (604), the total world population of endangered […]

Two Mountain Gorilla Clinical Interventions – Notes from the Field

Two Mountain Gorilla Clinical Interventions - Notes from the Field By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 1st, 2019 in Blog.

This post summarizes two significant clinical interventions Gorilla Doctors performed in May and June. In both cases, the individual gorillas are still under regular monitoring but treatments had a significant impact in aiding recovery. Intervention: Kashundwe, adult female in Katwe group, severe eye injury/infection Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Gorilla Doctors: Fred Nizeyimana and […]

First snare removal of 2019

First snare removal of 2019 By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 28th, 2019 in Blog.

Yesterday, January 27, 2019, Gorilla Doctors performed the year’s first emergency snare removal from a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Shida, a 20-year old female still nursing her 3-year old infant, was found by trackers caught in a wire snare. At the time of their discovery, Shida was still attached to the […]

Intra-Group Fight In Bwindi’s Bweza Group Leaves Silverbacks Injured

Intra-Group Fight In Bwindi's Bweza Group Leaves Silverbacks Injured By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 in Blog.

When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain some pretty serious injuries. Over the last thirty years, Gorilla Doctors field veterinarians have watched these impressive males make miraculous recoveries, many times without the need of veterinary intervention. After an interaction, if any gorillas are wounded, our field vets will return to […]