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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]