The Greatest (in size) of the Great Apes

The Greatest (in size) of the Great Apes By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 in Blog.

Grauer’s gorillas are not only the largest sub-species of gorilla, they are the largest primate on the planet. A silverback can reach up to 250kg (~550lbs) and stand over 2m (~6.5ft). Grauer’s, also called eastern lowland gorillas, are found only in eastern DR Congo. Grauer’s gorillas are classified as critically endangered by the International Union […]

UPDATE: Infant Theodore Thriving after Snare Removal

UPDATE: Infant Theodore Thriving after Snare Removal By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 in Blog.

Back in July, Dr. Eddy and Jean-Paul successfully removed a snare from Theodore, a two-year-old infant mountain gorilla from Humba group in Virunga National Park, DR Congo. On September 23rd, Drs. Eddy and Fabrice (our newest Gorilla Doctor) conducted a routine health check of Humba group and found Theodore thriving. According to Dr. Eddy’s field […]

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 […]

Guardians of Gorilla Health: Team DR Congo

Guardians of Gorilla Health: Team DR Congo By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, August 21st, 2020 in Blog.

Last week we launched Meet the Gorilla Doctors: Guardians of Gorilla Health to introduce you in more detail than ever before to our extraordinary team of Ugandan, Congolese and Rwandan veterinarians who work tirelessly to protect the health of endangered mountain gorillas and critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas. Their veterinary conservation medicine has been credited for […]

Growing Up Gorilla Doctors

Growing Up Gorilla Doctors By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 in Blog.

“The mountain gorillas will be extinct by 2000. We need a veterinarian on site.” According to mountain gorilla lore, Dian Fossey said this to Ruth Morris Keesling at the international symposium, ‘What We Can Learn about Humankind from Apes,’ held in California in May 1981. The genesis of Gorilla Doctors began with those six words […]

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 13th, 2020 in Blog.

On Saturday July 11th, Dr. Eddy Kambale Syaluha and Jean-Paul Lukusa successfully removed a snare from Theodore, a two-year-old infant mountain gorilla from Humba group in Virunga National Park, DR Congo. “Our passion is to protect gorillas.” ~ Jean-Paul Lukusa, Gorilla Doctors DRC Team, following the successful snare removal of Theodore As a result of […]

Did you Know (Part 3 of 4): At the Forefront of Emerging Infectious Disease Research

Did you Know (Part 3 of 4): At the Forefront of Emerging Infectious Disease Research By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 in Blog.

In Part 1 of our ‘Did you Know’ series, we introduced the One Health scientific approach – recognizing that the health of people, animals and the environments we share are interconnected, and included some helpful definitions for understanding zoonotic disease (disease in humans caused by a pathogen that originated in animals). In Part 2, we […]

Did you Know (Part 2 of 4): Keeping Gorillas Healthy Everyday

Did you Know (Part 2 of 4): Keeping Gorillas Healthy Everyday By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 in Blog.

34…365…24…7…679…300…45…91…1/2 These numbers add up to a big win for mountain gorilla conservation. Keep reading to find out how… In Part 2 of our 4-part series, we show you the heart of our work – providing life-saving veterinary care for ill or injured wild eastern gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo – and the […]

Our Work Continues

Our Work Continues By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Blog.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of Gorilla Doctors and our monitoring of gorilla health has become more important than ever as we are the only organization in the world dedicated to providing veterinary care to ill or injured eastern gorillas (mountain and Grauer’s). Together with government wildlife authorities we continue our […]

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Wild Grauer’s Gorilla from Village

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, March 6th, 2020 in Blog.

On Monday March 3rd, Drs. Eddy Kambale Syaluha, Luis Flores Giron and ICCN veterinarian Dr. Lina Aldophine Nturubika successfully rescued and relocated a wild Grauer’s gorilla blackback who was outside the safety of Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo. This short video captures their extraordinary effort. A Note from our Executive Director The rescue and relocation […]