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 […]