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 […]

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 […]

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 […]