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 […]

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 1 of 4): Gorilla Doctors + COVID-19

Did you Know (Part 1 of 4): Gorilla Doctors + COVID-19 By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 in Blog.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, Gorilla Doctors has been reporting on our work to protect the health of the world’s endangered mountain and critically endangered eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorillas. Our veterinary care is considered an ‘essential service’ by the governments of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo […]

A Letter from the Executive Director: COVID-19

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Sunday, March 15th, 2020 in Blog.

Dear Friends and Supporters, Last week, I attended and presented at the UC Davis One Health Institute annual meeting. As you can imagine, the coronavirus pandemic was a major focus. The One Health Institute, Gorilla Doctors’ administrative home at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has been at the forefront of international surveillance and […]

Coronavirus and Disease: How You Can Help Protect Mountain Gorillas

Coronavirus and Disease: How You Can Help Protect Mountain Gorillas By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 in Blog.

The Coronavirus (COVID) outbreak is naturally of serious concern and we have received some questions about eastern gorilla susceptibility to this novel virus. Gorilla Doctors has been on the forefront of research in emerging pandemic threats and zoonotic spillover for the past 10 years with our implementation of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project, […]

PhD Candidate Alisa Kubala Conducts Research on Malaria in Eastern Gorillas

PhD Candidate Alisa Kubala Conducts Research on Malaria in Eastern Gorillas By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 in Blog.

Every year, Gorilla Doctors supports graduate and PhD student research projects examining infectious diseases in eastern gorillas. This year, Gorilla Doctors has facilitated PhD research projects on respiratory illness in mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and herpesviruses in mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable and Volcanoes National Parks. Also this year, Gorilla Doctors hosted Murdoch […]

West Africa Ebola Outbreak Highlights Need for PREDICT Program

West Africa Ebola Outbreak Highlights Need for PREDICT Program By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 in Blog.

by Jessica Burbridge On August 8, the Ebola virus epidemic rapidly spreading through West African countries was formally declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization. WHO director Dr. Margaret Chan called it “the largest, most severe, most complex outbreak [of the Ebola virus] in the nearly four-decade history of the disease.” […]

Dr. Julius Studies Bat Genetics at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Dr. Julius Studies Bat Genetics at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, August 15th, 2014 in Blog.

Dr. Julius Nziza, Gorilla Doctors Research Project Coordinator for PREDICT Rwanda, is wrapping up an interesting six-week stint in Chicago where he’s studied the genetics of bat species in Rwanda and curating techniques at The Field Museum of Natural History. Dr. Julius is working with Dr. Bruce Patterson, the MacArthur Curator of Mammals, Dr. Bill […]

Abaxis Europe Donates VetScan Hematology Analyzer

Abaxis Europe Donates VetScan Hematology Analyzer By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, October 28th, 2013 in Blog.

Abaxis Europe has supplied Gorilla Doctors with numerous pieces of important laboratory equipment over the last three years, such as iStat machines and VS2 chemistry analyzers. This month, Abaxis representative and long time friend of Gorilla Doctors Bärbel Köhler traveled to our Rwanda headquarters to instruct the veterinarians on Abaxis’ latest donation: a new VetScan […]

Dr. Jean Felix Works with PhD Student Laurie Harris on Golden Monkey Research

Dr. Jean Felix Works with PhD Student Laurie Harris on Golden Monkey Research By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, October 21st, 2013 in Blog.

by Jessica Burbridge UC Davis PhD student Laurie Harris has been conducting research on the endangered golden monkeys in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park throughout 2013. Harris met Gorilla Doctors Director Dr. Kirsten Gilardi during her stint at the Envirovet Summer Institute and now, Dr. Gilardi serves on Harris’ dissertation committee for her PhD program in […]