Notes from the Forest: Checking on Mutobo Group

silverback mountain gorilla By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 in Blog.

By Dr. Adrien Emile Ntwari, Field Veterinarian, Rwanda Welcome to my first “Notes from the Forest” where we share our latest field updates on the health of endangered mountain gorillas and critically endangered Grauer’s (eastern lowland) gorillas. Where I work in Volcanoes National Park, on the Rwanda side of the Virunga Massif, we monitor the […]

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, June 27th, 2024 in Blog.

Shared with permission from Synergy Magazine, a publication of the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine. “Every single day that I am out in the forest with the gorillas I realize that when we save gorillas, we are also saving ourselves.” – Dr. Gaspard Nzayisenga, field veterinarian, Rwanda This understanding has guided Nzayisenga from […]

Dr. Kirsten Goes to Rwanda

Dr. Kirsten Goes to Rwanda By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 in Blog.

An Update from our Executive Director This week I am in Rwanda and our Africa-based Gorilla Doctors team gathered at our regional headquarters in Musanze, for regional rounds. We are an international team, working in all three range countries of the eastern gorilla – Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo – and in the […]

Gorilla Doctors’ Way Forward: A Letter from our Executive Director

Gorilla Doctors' Way Forward: A Letter from our Executive Director By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, January 10th, 2024 in Blog.

We are at a global tipping point. We all know it. We hear about the deterioration of our planet in the news every single day. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed we come to a standstill, not knowing where to begin. This is not a criticism – even as a professional conservationist, I can fail to […]

A Personal Note from Dr. Eddy

A Personal Note from Dr. Eddy By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 in Blog.

Today, I was honored to share virtual space with our partner, Emmanuel de Merode of Virunga National Park here in DR Congo. We discussed the challenges and opportunities of our work – conservation in action. When you are responsible for protecting the health of an endangered species, the life of each individual patient contributes to the […]

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 in Blog.

Field Report: By Dr. Gaspard Nzayisenga The last couple of weeks have been stressful for 2.5-year-old infant Ingabire of Isimbi group in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. On August 8 we received a report that Ingabire had been trapped in a wire snare. The trackers were able to successfully detach the wire from the bamboo stake, […]

It Takes a Village to Keep Gorillas Healthy

It Takes a Village to Keep Gorillas Healthy By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, July 7th, 2023 in Blog.

Notes from the Field: By Dr. Gaspard Nzayisenga, field veterinarian, Rwanda For their effective conservation, mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda are monitored on a daily basis by park trackers and rangers as well as researchers and Gorilla Doctors’ veterinarians. Tourists from around the world also visit gorillas daily. Gorillas are susceptible to human […]

Our Hospital is the Forest: Gorilla Doctors treat a mountain gorilla in Susa group

Our Hospital is the Forest: Gorilla Doctors treat a mountain gorilla in Susa group By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 in Blog.

Monday, May 8 started out as a quiet day at the Gorilla Doctors regional headquarters in Musanze, Rwanda. Drs. Gaspard and Adrien worked at their desks catching up on field reports and Dr. Julius was off-site at a meeting. Then the call came in… When the Call Comes Umwari, an adult female mountain gorilla in […]

Five Questions for Gorilla Doctors New CVSO

Five Questions for Gorilla Doctors New CVSO By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, March 27th, 2023 in Blog.

Meet Dr. Tierra Smiley Evans In our most recent newsletter we introduced you to Dr. Tierra Smiley Evans, Gorilla Doctors’ new Chief Veterinary and Scientific Officer (CVSO). We sat down with Dr. Tierra to ask her a few more questions now that she is a full two and a half months on the job… 1) […]

The Lonely Loved One

The Lonely Loved One By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 16th, 2023 in Blog.

By Dr. Gaspard Nzayisenga, field veterinarian, Rwanda During my health monitoring of Muhoza group on January 5, I was surprised to find Inkundwa, a lone silverback mountain gorilla, interacting with Muhoza group (led by silverback Muhoza). Apparently, there had been a fight early that morning before our arrival, which resulted in a couple of minor […]