Our Work Continues

Our Work Continues By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, March 27th, 2020 in Blog.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work of Gorilla Doctors and our monitoring of gorilla health has become more important than ever as we are the only organization in the world dedicated to providing veterinary care to ill or injured eastern gorillas (mountain and Grauer’s). Together with government wildlife authorities we continue our […]

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, […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Mountain Gorillas for Respiratory Infection

Gorilla Doctors Treat Mountain Gorillas for Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Friday, January 31st, 2020 in Blog.

Since January 3rd, Gorilla Doctors Rwanda team has been closely monitoring and treating mountain gorillas in Isimbi group for a respiratory disease outbreak. What follows is a timeline of our monitoring visits, clinical interventions and a report on the unfortunate death of adult female Duhirwe and the loss of her pregnancy. We will post a […]

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection

Silverback Munyinya Treated for Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 in Blog.

On January 2nd, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park trackers first reported to Gorilla Doctors that dominant silverback Munyinya, had a mild cough.  Munyinya leads Hirwa group, which crossed into Mgahinga from Volcanoes National Park back in August 2019. Munyinya’s condition deteriorated over the next few days, prompting a partial intervention on Sunday, January 5th. The following […]

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 […]

Rugendo Group Battles Respiratory Disease Outbreak

Rugendo Group Battles Respiratory Disease Outbreak By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, May 11th, 2015 in Blog.

The Rugendo group mountain gorillas have been battling a respiratory disease outbreak since early April, keeping Drs. Eddy and Martin on their toes as they administer treatment to the group members most severely affected by the illness. Several group members began to exhibit symptoms of a respiratory infection on April 14th, when the ICCN trackers […]

Orphan Kalonge Receives Treatment for Suspected Respiratory Infection

Orphan Kalonge Receives Treatment for Suspected Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 in Blog.

Orphan Grauer’s gorilla Kalonge was rescued in early March after she was caught in a snare and brought to a local village chief by a group of young boys outside of Kahuzi Biega National Park (read about her rescue here). Through a joint rescue operation by ICCN and Gorilla Doctors, 2-year-old Kalonge was brought to […]

Silverback Muturengere, New Leader of Isimbi group, Treated for Respiratory Infection

Silverback Muturengere, New Leader of Isimbi group, Treated for Respiratory Infection By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 13th, 2014 in Blog.

by Jessica Burbridge Just three weeks after 17-year-old Getty’s sudden death, Isimbi group has struggled to recover, leaving young silverback Muturengere under obvious stress as he strives to maintain his status as the new leader of the group.  Some amount of stress and turmoil is to be expected when a group loses it’s dominant silverback. […]

Young Silverback Tries to Hold Onto Group, Showing Signs of Respiratory Illness

Young Silverback Tries to Hold Onto Group, Showing Signs of Respiratory Illness By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in Blog.

By Dr. Noel On January 9, I trekked to Isimbi group to assess the health of the 8 individuals in the group. Isimbi group lost their dominant silverback, Getty, on December 23rd when he succumbed to his injuries sustained from fighting with a lone silverback. 12-year-old silverback Muturengere has been trying to lead the group since, […]