Mountain Gorilla Respiratory Infection: Mafunzo Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla Respiratory Infection: Mafunzo Group, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 in Blog.

On April 3rd, the trackers of Mafunzo group reported silverback Mafunzo was coughing frequently and infant Ukwiyunga was sneezing. Gorilla Doctors conducted their first veterinary monitoring visit the next day and has been monitoring the group nearly every day since. Below is Drs. Noel and Gaspard’s record of their care and monitoring of Mafunzo. Mafunzo […]

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 […]

Gorilla Doctors Lead One Health Workshop on Ebolavirus in DRC

Gorilla Doctors Lead One Health Workshop on Ebolavirus in DRC By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 in Blog.

Workshop: Awake Awareness: An Introduction for Health and Environmental Workers on the One Health approach and its use to reinforce control of the current Ebola outbreak Date: February 28, 2019 Location: Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Participants: 8 Veterinarians, 3 Public Health Experts, 60 Laboratory Technicians On February 28, Gorilla Doctors convened a one-day workshop […]

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 […]

Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders!

Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders! By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

The conservation of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas depends on the wholehearted commitment of the wildlife authorities and park personnel in all three countries with whom Gorilla Doctors works on a daily basis. The sustainability of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas also depends on the total dedication and incredible knowledge and experience of our Gorilla Doctors veterinarians. […]

US Ambassador to Uganda pays Gorilla Doctors a visit

US Ambassador to Uganda visit Gorilla Doctors By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors Uganda team was delighted to welcome the Honorable Deborah Malac, United States Ambassador to Uganda, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this week. Ambassador Malac was travelling in the southwestern Uganda region to learn more about various USA-affiliated and supported programs and projects. She first made a stop at the Bwindi Community Hospital […]

A first for Gorilla Doctors: rescue of a semi-habituated mountain gorilla from a snare

nylon snare on juvenile gorilla leg By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

By Dr. Eddy Kambale In the middle of September, our Gorilla Doctors team in DR Congo received a report from Virunga National Park rangers that an approximately 6-year-old male mountain gorilla in a group that has been undergoing habituation since March had a snare around its leg. Habituation is a lengthy process, requiring daily visits […]

New Mountain Gorilla Babies Named in 13th Annual Kwita Izina Ceremony

New Mountain Gorilla Babies Named in 13th Annual Kwita Izina Ceremony By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, September 4th, 2017 in Blog.

On Friday September 1, the Rwanda Development Board hosted the 13th annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony in Kingi, Rwanda, a town nestled at the base of Volcanoes National Park. Kwita Izina is inspired by the traditional Rwandese naming custom following the birth of a new baby. In attendance for Kwita Izina 2017 was the […]

Orphan Mountain Gorilla Maisha Passes Away at Senkwekwe Center

Orphan Mountain Gorilla Maisha Passes Away at Senkwekwe Center By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 24th, 2017 in Blog.

The Gorilla Doctors family is heartbroken to report the loss of orphan mountain gorilla Maisha at Virunga National Park’s Senkwekwe Center. Maisha was the oldest of four mountain gorilla orphans that lived at the Senkwekwe Center. “We worked very closely with the caregivers at the Senkwekwe Center to try and get Maisha well” said Gorilla […]

Untimely Goodbye to “Baby Fred”

Untimely Goodbye to "Baby Fred" By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in Blog.

On the morning of February 17, 8.5 year old juvenile mountain gorilla Nvuyekure (nicknamed “Baby Fred”) was reported by Mgahinga National Park personnel in Uganda to be severely wounded.  Gorilla Doctors’ own Dr. Fred quickly mobilized to conduct a full investigation.  Based on his findings during a post-mortem exam of Nvuyekure’s carcass, we suspect that […]