Gorilla Doctors Participate in PASA Meeting

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Blog by: Dr. Magdalena Lukasik-BraumMGVP Regional Field Veterinarian Last week Dr. Eddy and I spent the whole week in Kenya attending the annual meeting of PASA. PASA is the Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance, which for almost 10 years has worked to help primate sanctuaries in Africa to improve their expertise and facilities. We Gorilla Doctors became […]

Ndeze and Ndakasi move to Senkwekwe

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Blog by: Dr. Eddy KambaleMGVP DRC In-Country Field Veterinarian The story starts with the gorilla massacres in June and July, 2007.  Kabirizi and Rugendo gorilla groups both lost members.  In Kabirizi gorilla group there was an adult female gorilla with a 2 month old baby. Her name was N’Sekuye, and in June 2007 she was […]

Gorilla Doctors and Cows

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

This week I went with John Huston and Dr. Mike for our monthly visit to MGVP Farm Partners.  John is our Agriculture Project Coordinator for the MGVP One Health Program and developed our Farm Partner Project.  Dr. Mike is the Director of MGVP and was here for one of his regular visits.  The Farm Partner […]

Shooting Raisins

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

When we conduct our annual physical examinations on the gorilla orphans, they are big enough now that in order to sedate them they must be injected with a flying dart.  Needless to say, they do not much appreciate this procedure, and they have long memories.  They remember not only what the darting equipment look like, […]

Routine Health Check- Silverback Kuryama

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Last week I went to visit Kuryama group for a routine health check.  Kuryama is the son of Titus, and has proved to be a strong, benevolent ruler like his father. The morning started at 5:30 – I had to pick up the trackers at 6:40 and it is about a 30 minute drive to […]

Goma Gorilla Orphans

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 in Uncategorized.

There are five gorilla orphans living in Goma DRC.  They were rescued from largely unknown situations and thanks to hard working Gorilla Doctors and caregivers they are now thriving. Amani, Kighoma and Mapendo are all Grauer’s gorillas. Amani and Kighoma were confiscated this year on the Congo side of the Virunga range.  They came to […]

Field Medical Intervention: Gorilla Kariya Runga

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Last week I had my first experience treating a sick, wild mountain gorilla.  Dr. Eddy had been following the case of a 3 year old gorilla from Humba group in DRC, who had a terrible respiratory infection.  She felt so bad that she stopped eating, and trackers felt she was growing weak.  Dr. Eddy and […]

Pinga’s Exam

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

When I’m having a bad day I like to go watch the gorilla orphans we are caring for in Kinigi.  They were the first gorillas I saw after my arrival – while I was in “quarantine” I was able to watch them over the wall of their enclosure, since there was no risk of disease […]

Titus and Ihumure

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Many of you have heard about the silverback gorilla Titus. Born during Dian Fossey’s time he was orphaned when he was 4 years old. He survived though, and grew into a strong group leader, while at the same time calm and kind. He was deeply loved by all who knew him – trackers, researchers, veterinarians. […]

Week one

By Gorilla Doctors Staff on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 in Uncategorized.

Still not quite believing that I was really headed to Rwanda to be a Gorilla Doctor, I boarded my first of several flights at 6am on a rainy Sunday morning in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It was my first day on the job with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and while I knew my life was about […]