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EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Gorilla Doctors

Gorilla Doctors is very sorry to have to report that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has lost another silverback. Mwirima, beloved leader of Rushegura group, passed away in the forest.

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Drs. Fred and Jan, along with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) veterinarian Dr. Patrick, conducted an intervention on 2 March 2014 after the UWA trackers reported that the male was very weak and with serious loss of body condition.

“We found a very infected, necrotic wound on his upper lip, with exposed maxillary bone. We did all of the supportive care that we could (debridement of the lesion, administered antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medications and fluids). We drove the samples six hours from Buhoma to the border that evening, and by 9:30pm Dr. Methode reported normal serum chemistries, but serious anemia” said Dr. Jan.

Sadly, Mwirima’s condition deteriorated despite the medical intervention. As there are no other silverbacks in Rushegura group, the remaining 14 group members are being led by blackback Kabukojo, with support from blackback Kalembezi.

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The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) is dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one gorilla at a time. MGVP’s veterinarians, the Gorilla Doctors , provide hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With only about 800 mountain gorillas left in the world today, the Gorilla Doctors believe that the health and well being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival.