For many households around mountain gorilla parks, tourism has been their lifeline. That is until the COVID-19 pandemic affected the tourism industry...[details]
As gorillas are very closely related to humans, most diseases can be transmitted between the two species. Wherever gorillas live in close proximity to people, their intestines have been found to contain a considerably higher number of human parasites than are present in “wild” gorilla populations.
WHICH DISEASES ARE DANGEROUS TO GORILLAS?
The most dangerous diseases are those against which gorillas have no antibodies. For example, respiratory diseases are a big problem for mountain gorillas. Scabies can also be dangerous. In the western lowland gorillas, Ebola has recently caused a particularly high number of casualties.
HOW ARE DISEASES TRANSMITTED TO GORILLAS?
Respiratory diseases are caused by viruses; transmission mostly takes place through droplet infection during sneezing. This is why people who visit the gorillas are required to wear breathing masks in some national parks. The mites that cause scabies are usually transmitted to the gorillas by domestic animals that range close to gorilla habitat. In the case of Ebola, the path of transmission has not yet been fully determined. It is assumed that gorillas catch the disease when they eat fruit on which infected fruit bats have left traces of saliva or faeces.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans. Among viruses alone, there are more than 1,000 human pathogens,...[details]
When Astrid Ebert and Thomas Schulz visited Bwindi National Park and its gorillas 10 years ago, they were delighted. In view of the Corona pandemic...[details]
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Never before have we understood the concept of One Health more...[details]
Many gorilla friends have already asked themselves this question. So far, the answer is not yet known. However, since many other viruses are dangerous...[details]
It is with great sadness to inform you about the loss of one of my favorite gorillas in Bwindi, Kanyonyi, the lead silverback of Mubare group. He died...[details]
"One Health" is an approach that addresses human, animal and ecosystem health together. We founded Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) in 2003...[details]
When powerful silverbacks jostle for dominance within a group, they can sustain very serious injuries with their long canine teeth. Over the last 30...[details]
Bushmeat traders in Watt Market in Calabar, Cross River State, South Eastern Nigeria, are lamenting the poor sales of bushmeat since the outbreak of...[details]
December 22, 1956, was a historic day for the zoological world as we welcomed the first successful zoo gorilla birth - a female, eventually named Colo...[details]
We attended the 19th International Scientific Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11 to 13 September 2013. It was jointly organised by the Institute of...[details]
On a small forested island in the western region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, a tiny population of Grauer's...
The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla...
Historically, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), in collaboration with host country national wildlife, natural resource and/or tourism...
The nature and frequency of human contact with wild primates is changing as a result of hunting, human encroachment on wildlife habitats, research,...
It is generally recognised that naturally occurring treponematosis is found in some African nonhuman primates. In addition, bone lesions of...[details]
The behaviour of free-ranging chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) has been studied in the Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire since 1979. Three communities...
On 10 May, 2008, Molo, one of just 20 rare gorillas living in the forests of Mount Tshiaberimu, in the northern annex of Virunga National Park,...[details]