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Saving a Species, One Gorilla at a Time.
Saving a Species, One Gorilla at a Time.

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Lulengo and Mapuwa groups have been ranging in the same area in Virunga National Park for the last two weeks, but Dr. Martin found no evidence of an interaction during his recent routine health check. Dr. Martin reports that the babies of the group were playing around silverback Lulengo while the adult females fed nearby during his observation. Mapuwa group members were resting around silverback Mvuyekure during Dr. Martin’s visit. All 31 mountain gorillas in the two groups were in good visual health.
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Kwitonda and her 7-month-old infant, as well as dominant silverback Rafiki and juvenile Furaha of Nkuringo group, are all exhibiting skin lesions with hair-loss on the chest, abdomen and face. Dr. Fred is monitoring these cases closely in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Fortunately, there are no outward signs of secondary bacterial infection and each individual is bright, alert and responsive. Hair collected from the night nests will be examined for diagnosis to determine possible treatment.
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“This film promises to deliver a hugely engaging insight into the nature of some of the most charismatic creatures on earth, the survival challenge they face and the heroic work of a team of vets devoted to supporting them. With his natural wit and passion for the subject, John Bishop takes viewers on an adventure into their world and delivers a story that will charm and move in equal measure.” Stay tuned for the release date of the new Gorilla Doctors documentary on ITV News! http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-commissions-john-bishops-gorilla-adventure
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Dr. Martin has been busy checking up on Virunga National Park’s mountain gorilla families in the last week. He visited the 8 gorillas in Munyaga group, led by silverback Gasore and found the group resting near their night nests with some group members quietly feeding on vegetation. The 25 gorillas in Bageni group were also feeding during Dr. Martin’s routine health check, but a scuffle broke out when silverback Kitagenda approached group leader Bageni, prompting the dominant silverback to display, with blackback Kanamaharagi quickly joining his side. One adult female who has been staying close to Kitagenda was caught in the middle and sustained a superficial wound on her finger. All other group members were in good visual health.
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Dr. Noel recently visited the 33 mountain gorillas in Pablo group in Volcanoes National Park for a health check. He assessed silverback Gicurasi, who has reportedly been having some ongoing gastrointestinal issues. A fecal sample was collected and sent to our Kigali lab for virology and bacteriology tests and other group members will be closely monitored to assess their health.
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Gorilla Doctors Regional Manager Dr. Joost Philippa made his first trip to DRC to help with the health checks of the Grauer's orphans at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center. He also conducted training on our new portable x ray machine for the GRACE staff. Read Dr. Joost's blog about his trip: http://www.gorilladoctors.org/dr-joost-visits-grauers-orphans-at-grace/
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Adult female Mwinja was giving a lesson on eating bamboo shoots during Dr. Martin's recent health check of Chimanuka group in Kahuzi Biega National Park. All 23 group members were in good visual health.
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Young Grauer’s gorilla silverback Bonane left Chimanuka group to strike out as a lone silverback and will hopefully one day form his own group in Kahuzi Biega National Park. Dr. Martin visited the solitary male to assess his health yesterday and found Bonane feeding near his night nest. Bonane charged Dr. Martin and the PNKB trackers multiple times before settling back down to feed on bamboo shoots. Dr. Martin reports that he is in excellent visual health.
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Dr. Fred reports that the respiratory disease outbreak is resolved in Bwindi’s Mubare group. However, during his visit today he found two females, Mitunu and Karungi, with fresh wounds. Our Uganda Field Vets will continue to monitor these two female mountain gorillas until their wounds have fully healed.
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When Drs. Eddy and Mike intervened to remove a rope snare from infant Bahoze in Virunga National Park, they were faced with a tricky situation when another group member snatched up the anesthetized infant and ran with her into the forest, handing her off to silverback Lulengo, who promptly began to charge the field team. Read more about this intervention on our blog: http://www.gorilladoctors.org/a-tricky-snare-removal-intervention-in-virunga-national-park/
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