Monthly Archives: June 2012

Celebrating New Gorilla Life in Rwanda

Every new mountain gorilla born in the wild represents hope for the species’ long-term survival. In Rwanda, these births are celebrated every June at Volcanoes National Park’s annual Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony. On June 16, 19 mountain gorilla infants born in the park since June 2011 received Kinyarwanda names. Our own Dr. Dawn has […]

Warring Silverbacks Keep Ugandan Veterinarians On Their Toes

The silverbacks and blackbacks of Nkuringo group in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park keep the Gorilla Doctors on their toes with their near constant fighting, which frequently leads to one or more individual being injured—sometimes quite seriously. In 2011, the adult female Samehe died after sustaining a severe a head wound in a fight between males. […]

Gorilla Doctors Treat Injured Grauer’s Gorilla Silverback in Kahuzi-Biega

While the Gorilla Doctors have been unable to visit the mountain gorilla groups in DRC this month due to ongoing fighting between rebel groups and the Congolese army, our field veterinarians Dr. Eddy and Dr. Martin have been able to travel to Kahuzi-Biega National Park in South Kivu to check on the park’s Grauer’s gorillas. […]

Two Health Scares in Pablo Group in Two Days

After an extremely quiet spring with no veterinary interventions in Uganda, DRC, or Rwanda, June brought the Gorilla Doctors a flush of new veterinary cases. The first full week of June, two female gorillas in Pablo group, Mukecuru and Turimaso, found themselves in need of medical attention. Drs. Dawn and Jean-Felix report on the cases: […]