Gorilla Doctors Rescue Grauer’s Gorilla from Snare

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Grauer’s Gorilla from Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 in Blog.

On the evening of Thursday, July 15, Dr. Eddy Kambale Syaluha, Gorilla Doctors Head Veterinarian in DR Congo, received a phone call from Kahuzi-Biega National Park: a 3.5-year-old male Grauer’s gorilla, Wilungula, was caught in a wire snare. Wilungula’s mother, Mukono had separated the wire from the stake in the ground, but the wire was […]

Press Release: Conservation Success Leads to New Challenges for Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Press Release: Conservation Success Leads to New Challenges for Endangered Mountain Gorillas By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 in Blog, Press Releases.

A scientific study published today in Scientific Reports suggests that new health challenges may be emerging as a result of conservationists’ success in pulling mountain gorillas back from the brink of extinction. The study, the first ever species-wide survey of parasite infections across the entire range of the mountain gorilla, was conducted by an international […]

Gorilla Doctors and Gorilla Adoptions

Gorilla Doctors and Gorilla Adoptions By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 in Blog.

Many of you are probably aware of the Reddit challenge supporting gorilla adoptions on the r/wallstreetbets group that went viral last week. It is an amazing testament to the positive good that can happen through technology and social platforms. Whenever a great ape conservation organization receives this level of attention and fundraising, it increases awareness […]

Chasing a dream while being chased by a gorilla

Chasing a dream while being chased by a gorilla By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 in Blog.

Our newest Gorilla Doctor in DR Congo, Fabrice Katembo Malonga, started in his position with us in July 2020. We decided to sit down and have a conversation about what he has learned so far, how the gorillas have surprised him, and what has been his biggest challenge. Before joining Gorilla Doctors, Dr. Fabrice first […]

World Wildlife Day 2021

World Wildlife Day 2021 By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 in Blog.

“On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals […]

Captive western lowland gorillas proven susceptible to COVID-19

Captive western lowland gorillas proven susceptible to COVID-19 By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 in Blog.

Today it was announced that multiple western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (in Escondido, California) tested positive for SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To date, no wild, human-habituated eastern gorilla has tested positive for SARS CoV-2. Scientific research conducted by Gorilla Doctors and collaborators has shown gorillas to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]