Injured Silverback Bukima – Intervention Report

Injured Silverback Bukima - Intervention Report By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, August 12th, 2019 in Blog.

On July 23, 2019, Gorilla Doctors’ Eddy and Martin performed a partial intervention on Bukima, the dominant silverback of Rugendo group in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, after he was severely injured in an interaction with lone silverback Sebagabo. This post summarizes their intervention report and the events leading to Bukima’s injuries. Intervention: Medication administered […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Another Elephant with Snare

Gorilla Doctors Treat Another Elephant with Snare By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, April 8th, 2019 in Blog.

For the third time in two months, Gorilla Doctors Eddy Kambale, in partnership with Dr. Kizito Musubao, an ICCN veterinarian from Kahuzi-Biega National Park, was called upon to remove a snare from a sub-adult bull elephant inside Virunga National Park, DR Congo. Below is Dr. Eddy’s field report of the intervention and subsequent treatment. Elephant […]

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 […]

Gorilla Doctors Perform Health Checks on Confiscated Primates in DR Congo

Gorilla Doctors Perform Health Checks on Confiscated Primates in DR Congo By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 in Blog.

As part of a multi-stakeholder Conservation Action Plan (CAP) funded by the Arcus Foundation and led by the Jane Goodall Institute, Gorilla Doctors contributes to the health monitoring of great apes in protected areas and sanctuaries across all areas where the CAP has been implemented. This can sometimes encompass caring for primates confiscated from the […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Two Wounded Elephants

Gorilla Doctors Treat Two Wounded Elephants By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 in Blog.

While our primary work is saving gorillas, central to our mission is a ‘One Health’ approach – understanding that the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems are inextricably linked – so when the security team from the Virunga National Park in DR Congo contacted us about an adult male elephant with a snare, our veterinary […]

Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders!

Our Gorilla Doctors are Masters…Degree Holders! By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

The conservation of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas depends on the wholehearted commitment of the wildlife authorities and park personnel in all three countries with whom Gorilla Doctors works on a daily basis. The sustainability of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas also depends on the total dedication and incredible knowledge and experience of our Gorilla Doctors veterinarians. […]

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness

Gorilla Groups in Volcanoes National Park Suffer from Respiratory Illness By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in Blog.

Our Gorilla Doctors team in Volcanoes National Park has been closely monitoring a respiratory outbreak in Sabyinyo group this month. Trackers first reported that some of the adults in this 18-member family were coughing. Over several visits, Drs. Noel, Gaspard and Adrien checked on all of the sick gorillas in order to monitor them for […]

A first for Gorilla Doctors: rescue of a semi-habituated mountain gorilla from a snare

nylon snare on juvenile gorilla leg By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Blog.

By Dr. Eddy Kambale In the middle of September, our Gorilla Doctors team in DR Congo received a report from Virunga National Park rangers that an approximately 6-year-old male mountain gorilla in a group that has been undergoing habituation since March had a snare around its leg. Habituation is a lengthy process, requiring daily visits […]