Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project field vets make regular health and wellness checks on habituated gorilla teams in Rwanda, Uganda, and also the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in partnership with park rangers, guides, patrols, keeping an eye on representatives, and scientists from numerous organizations. The vets currently treat wild gorillas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in Uganda as well. The vets' work is extreme in almost every means imaginable. It's an expensive endeavor and it could alter gorillas' natural way of life. However, for the fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in the wild, it's also been a necessary lifeline that's working.
The veterinarians, rangers, trackers, and also aides at times need to tranquilize a sick or injured animal without increasing the ire of the group's dominant male, who could weigh in at 400 pounds or even more.
On a late afternoon in June 2011, Gorilla Doctors received an unexpected emergency phone call. Trackers watching the Umubano household of mountain gorillas in Rwanda observed that Ijobo, a 2-day-old male, had a badly infected foot. They believed he might die. The Gorilla Doctors team first knocked out Umurimo, the mother gorilla, with a tranquilizer dart, after that anesthetized Ijobo with a gas mask. Charles, the leading silverback of the group, supervised from afar yet thankfully did not attack. The vets worked swiftly, eliminating a section of the leg below the knee, disinfecting as well as shutting the wound in 40 minutes. They later concealed themselves a distance away to view Umurimo's reaction when she awakened from the anesthesia.