Cultivating a Model Farm

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Blog by: John Huston Agriculture Project Coordinator – MGVP One Health Program One part of MGVP’s “One Health” approach—the concept of looking at the health of the entire ecosystem including people, domestic animals, and gorillas to help minimize disease transfer between the different groups— is the segment of domestic animal agriculture. Raising livestock, especially cattle, […]

Titus and Bwenge

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

It is the rainy season herein Rwanda, and it rained all night. I knew I was headed to the forest the next morning, and hoped the rain might stop for a bit. I lucked out – when I got up that morning it was cool and relatively sunny. I met up with trackers Jean, Isaac […]

Meteo: Part Two

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Meteo is a strong little gorilla. Dr. Jacques returned to Kahuzi Biegi a couple of days after we left him last week, and Meteo continued to do very well. He was eating and behaving normally. His elbow does not fully extend, but that does not seem to bother him. Amazing. Dr. Jacques reported that Meteo’s […]

Meteo: Part One

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 in Uncategorized.

There is a large National Park on the south side of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) called Kahuzi Biega. This is a huge protected area that is home to many families of Grauer’s gorillas, several of which are habituated and visited by tourists, now that the area is politically secure again. […]

Ndjingala

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

The phone rang at 1am, which almost never happens here. It was Sandy, who was staying in Goma, DRC with Ndjingala, our newest Grauer’s gorilla who had been confiscated only a week earlier. Sandy was almost in tears. She had been trying to call and text me for 2 hours but the network was down. […]

Confiscation in Walikale

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 in Uncategorized.

We’d been hearing rumors of baby gorillas for sale in Goma for several weeks. When these rumors are true it means, at the very least, that the mother of the infant gorilla in question was killed. And it is even more likely that other gorillas in the family also lost their lives trying desperately to […]

Group 13

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Trackers heard Agashya coughing. He is the silverback in Group 13, one of the most popular tourist groups in Rwanda. It was not a bad cough, but Group 13 was due for a routine health check, so I scheduled a visit Agashya the next day to check the cough for myself. It was a cool, […]

Susa group

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Last week I visited Susa group – my first visit to this large group. The group used to be the largest in Rwanda, but recently had a relatively peaceful split. I went to visit Susa A, the larger of the two groups. Susa group also is one of the groups that range the furthest from […]

Sekanabo

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

By Drs. Jan and Magda Last Friday afternoon Gorilla Doctors learned that Sekanabo, an infant male gorilla in Kabirizi group, was caught in a snare. As always in these situations there were many phone calls to the appropriate authorities within ICCN to get permission to attempt intervention if needed. One of the main ICCN Wardens, […]

Alternative Fuel Helps Gorillas!

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized.

Blog by: John Huston Agriculture Project Coordinator – MGVP One Health Program One of the greatest threats to the mountain gorillas living in Virunga Massif is charcoal. This may sound odd at first, but let me explain the connection. John Huston in Rumangabo investigating fuel briquette technology.  People need a fuel source to heat their […]