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 […]

Lightning Strikes Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Lightning Strikes Mountain Gorillas in Uganda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, February 7th, 2020 in Blog.

It is with great sadness we share this report with you. On Monday, February 3rd, Hirwa group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda) was struck by lightning during a severe storm, instantly killing four mountain gorillas in the group, including a pregnant female. Prior to the lightning strike, Hirwa group was comprised of 17 gorillas, […]

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 in Blog.

On January 2nd, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park trackers first reported to Gorilla Doctors that dominant silverback Munyinya, had a mild cough.  Munyinya leads Hirwa group, which crossed into Mgahinga from Volcanoes National Park back in August 2019. Munyinya’s condition deteriorated over the next few days, prompting a partial intervention on Sunday, January 5th. The following […]

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 in Blog.

On August 17th at 3:20PM local time, park rangers in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park found an infant gorilla trapped in a poacher’s snare, hanging from a bamboo pole. The infant and mother were struggling to remove the snare while three silverbacks were chest-beating and charging, making it impossible for trackers to try and cut the […]

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 […]

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors is sad to report on the March 6th death of Mafia, a silverback with the Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP), Uganda. Mafia’s case is unusual because he was one of four silverbacks in a group with only two adult females and two infants. The classic social structure for mountain gorillas […]

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi By Gorilla Doctors Staff 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 […]

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

A Trio of Interventions to Attempt to Save Severely Injured Unhabituated Female By Gorilla Doctors Staff 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.  […]

Intra-Group Fighting in Kyaguliro Group Leads to Injuries

Intra-Group Fighting in Kyaguliro Group Leads to Injuries By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 in Blog.

Since silverback Rukina’s death in early April, intra-group fighting has erupted in Kyaguliro group as blackback (almost silverback) Mukiza continues to challenge the new dominant silverback, Rukara. The two males have been fighting for dominance for months, and in late April, Rukara seriously injured Mukiza in a fight, but as adult male gorillas tend to do, […]