March 26, 2009
The MRI was provided by The Brain Tumor Foundation, which sent a 48-foot-long moveable MRI facility to the zoo. Overseen by vets, zookeepers, and various medical personnel, the scan revealed that Fubo had a lesion on his left temporal lobe of his brain. Currently, the cause is unknown, but the scan showed that the problem is inoperable, however the zoo staff continue to treat the gorilla with medication.
Dr. Stephanie B. James holds Fubo’s breathing tube steady as he is transported to the Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit. Image Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS.
WCS veterinary staff and technicians from the Brain Tumor Foundation and other groups perform an MRI of a gorilla. Image Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS.
Fubo is one of two adult males at the Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit, which houses a total of 20 gorillas.
The western lowland gorilla is a subspecies of the lowland gorilla. Critically-endangered, the western lowland gorilla has an estimated 150,000-200,000 individuals in the wild. The number was upped significantly after WCS discovered an unknown population of approximately 100,000 gorillas in the Republic of Congo in 2006-2007.
Mountain gorilla population in DR Congo increases 12.5%
(01/27/2009) The population of critically endangered mountain gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park increased 12.5 percent in the past 16 months according to a census conducted by the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN). 81 gorillas now live permanently in the park, up from 72 in August 2007.
Massive gorilla population discovered in the Congo
(08/05/2008) The world's known population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas has more than doubled following a new census that revealed some 125,000 in the Republic of Congo.
Mobile game to help save embattled gorillas in the Congo
(04/16/2008) For mobile users a new mobile game hopes to raise awareness of the plight of the mountain gorilla and funds for their conservation. Silverback takes gamers through eight levels, following the life-span of a gorilla from childhood to adult. The game was originally developed in 2003 by Fauna & Flora International. Ken Banks, creator of www.kiwanja.net, helped develop the game. In 2006 the game was taken off-line where as Banks says it "sat on a virtual shelf, gathering virtual dust". He has now brought the game back in the hope that it will renew interest, and awareness, in the plight of the mountain gorilla.
First photos of face-to-face mating by gorillas in the wild
(02/12/2008) Scientists have taken the first photos of face-to-face copulation by wild gorillas. The images were captured in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo.
Photo: newborn mountain gorilla born in Congo
(08/23/2007) conservationists announced the birth of a critically endangered mountain gorilla in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park. The newborn marked a positive development for the embattled apes in the park -- nine out of its 100 gorillas have been killed this year by poachers, including five last month.