Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare

Gorilla Doctors Rescue Infant Mountain Gorilla from Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 in Blog.

On August 17th at 3:20PM local time, park rangers in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park found an infant gorilla trapped in a poacher’s snare, hanging from a bamboo pole. The infant and mother were struggling to remove the snare while three silverbacks were chest-beating and charging, making it impossible for trackers to try and cut the […]

Two Mountain Gorilla Clinical Interventions – Notes from the Field

Two Mountain Gorilla Clinical Interventions - Notes from the Field By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, July 1st, 2019 in Blog.

This post summarizes two significant clinical interventions Gorilla Doctors performed in May and June. In both cases, the individual gorillas are still under regular monitoring but treatments had a significant impact in aiding recovery. Intervention: Kashundwe, adult female in Katwe group, severe eye injury/infection Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Gorilla Doctors: Fred Nizeyimana and […]

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case

Mafia the Silverback Mountain Gorilla: An Unusual Case By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors is sad to report on the March 6th death of Mafia, a silverback with the Nyakagezi group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP), Uganda. Mafia’s case is unusual because he was one of four silverbacks in a group with only two adult females and two infants. The classic social structure for mountain gorillas […]

First snare removal of 2019

First snare removal of 2019 By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 28th, 2019 in Blog.

Yesterday, January 27, 2019, Gorilla Doctors performed the year’s first emergency snare removal from a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Shida, a 20-year old female still nursing her 3-year old infant, was found by trackers caught in a wire snare. At the time of their discovery, Shida was still attached to the […]

US Ambassador to Uganda pays Gorilla Doctors a visit

US Ambassador to Uganda visit Gorilla Doctors By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors Uganda team was delighted to welcome the Honorable Deborah Malac, United States Ambassador to Uganda, to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest this week. Ambassador Malac was travelling in the southwestern Uganda region to learn more about various USA-affiliated and supported programs and projects. She first made a stop at the Bwindi Community Hospital […]

Untimely Goodbye to “Baby Fred”

Untimely Goodbye to "Baby Fred" By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in Blog.

On the morning of February 17, 8.5 year old juvenile mountain gorilla Nvuyekure (nicknamed “Baby Fred”) was reported by Mgahinga National Park personnel in Uganda to be severely wounded.  Gorilla Doctors’ own Dr. Fred quickly mobilized to conduct a full investigation.  Based on his findings during a post-mortem exam of Nvuyekure’s carcass, we suspect that […]

New Baby Born to Rushegura Group in Uganda (PHOTOS)

New Baby Born to Rushegura Group in Uganda (PHOTOS) By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, January 25th, 2016 in Blog.

A new baby has been born to the Rushegura group in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The baby, a male, is not yet named, but we’ll be sure to let you know when that changes. The mother, Kibande, delivered the baby on the night of January 3, just one day after her 34th birthday. The […]

New Census of the Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Population Underway

New Census of the Virunga Massif Mountain Gorilla Population Underway By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 in Blog.

Gorilla Doctors, and the many gorilla conservation organizations working in the region, are eager to learn if and how the Virunga Massif mountain gorilla population has grown, according to the new census which begins today. “Gorilla Doctors Rwanda Field Vet Dr. Gaspard and Uganda Field Vet Dr. Ricky will both be working in the field during the […]

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi

Emaciated Mother Gorilla Treated for Parasite Infection in Bwindi By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 in Blog.

Drs. Ricky and Fred have been closely monitoring Elsa, an 11-year-old female mountain gorilla in Bwindi’s Habinyanja group, who is weak and emaciated and struggling to keep up with the group. Uganda Wildlife Authority trackers first reported Elsa to be sick and trailing the group on August 24th. Our Uganda Field Vets have since conducted […]

A Trio of Interventions to Attempt to Save Severely Injured Unhabituated Female

A Trio of Interventions to Attempt to Save Severely Injured Unhabituated Female By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 in Blog.

Our field veterinarians have had their hands full in the last few weeks with unusual and complicated cases. As always, the vets put 100% of their energy and available resources into saving a life. Sadly, these interventions are not always successful, as was the case of an injured unidentified female mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  […]