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The Directors of Docs4GreatApes are pleased to announce our organization's financial support for three deserving Gorilla Doctors in their pursuit of the Master of Science (Wildlife Medicine) degree at Makerere University in Uganda.

Highly respected in their community and chosen fields, each of these dedicated veterinarians are poised to become tomorrow's leaders in One Health and the care of Great Ape populations in their respective countries. Docs4GreatApes has sent funds to cover the tuition costs for their two year program. Read their stories below...

Jean Bosco Noheli

Jean Bosco Noheli


  • Born December 25, 1980 in family of 3 children, two boys and one girl, raised in Gicumbi District, Northern Province, Rwanda.
  • Married to Monique UMUTONI


  • 2009 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (ISAE-Busogo) (now University of Rwanda)

Professional Experience

  • April 2012 to present: Field Veterinarian Gorilla Doctors/ Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Musanze, Rwanda
  • November 2009 to April 2012: Regional Laboratory Manager, Gorilla Doctors/ Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Musanze, Rwanda

Dr. Noel's thoughts on his MSc (Wildlife Medicine) training and work...

"I enjoy working with our team members. And I like most seeing a treated gorillas improving after a successful intervention.

The combination of MSc training and work is not an easy one in terms of requirements as you have to attend both class and work calls but they complement each other in terms of professional development.

This course is an opportunity for us to deepen our skills in wildlife health and management so that after the course we can help our countries in all projects and policies on wildlife as source of considerable income for our society but also conserve and protect these creatures as components of ecosystem.

We will also use these skills to perform well our daily gorilla work and join the research network on wildlife and diseases.

We are so thankful for you guys and particularly our supervisors for providing this opportunity and we will continue passing thanking words on behalf of wild animals in this region."

Eddy Kambale Syaluha

Eddy Kambale Syaluha


  • Born March 24, 1972, the second son in a family of 6 children, 5 boys and one girl in Lubero, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Has lived in in Goma for 13 years, a volcanic region, with active volcanoes Nyiragongo et Nyamulagira, near the Virunga Massif, home to the rare Mountain Gorilla; North Kivu Province, the eastern part of DRC, in Central Africa.
  • Married to the lovely Guilaine with whom they have now 3 boys, Williams, Luc and Gift, respectively 8, 6 and 3 years old.


  • 1992 Veterinary Science Degree, Technical Institute of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Butembo, DRC
  • 2002 Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Catholic University of Graben, Butembo, DRC

Professional Experience

  • 2011 to present: Head Veterinarian for DRC, Gorilla Doctors/ Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2004 to 2011: Field Veterinarian, Gorilla Doctors/ Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2002-2004: Secondary School Teacher, Technical Institute of Agriculture and Veterinary Science in Butembo, DRC

Dr. Eddy's thoughts on his MSc (Wildlife Medicine) training and work...

"My best part of my work was to see how to raise a baby gorilla like a substitute mother, from a very bad health condition and be able to contribute save his life. This was building up my love to these amazing creature and when I got to the forest for my first time seeing the gorillas in wild, I was really very happy and very excited to see how they live in wild and from there I realized that the captivity situation was a true jail and could not feel well when having new poached gorilla.

I was very excited to hear about the MSc program in wildlife medicine and I found my dream accomplished because since 2006, I started burning in my heart to have more knowledge in wildlife management. I am very proud being part of the great study team among my work mate, with which we are not only learning sciences (Ecology, diseases, epidemiology,..) but also getting some life experience, while interacting with teachers and students. The time has been challenging while combining studies, work and family; and it was very hard at the beginning but now we are adjusting and getting use to the course schedule while we are sometimes travelling for forest work to save gorilla's life.

Ended, I am also proud of our Gorilla Doctors leaders and colleagues, for giving us this great opportunity of capacity building and colleagues who are making amazing sacrifices working hard while we are out for the MSc.

With your great support from Docs4GreatApes, I believe that I will improve my capacity and skills and so I can contribute significantly to the achievement of mission statement of Gorilla Doctors project through, "ONE HEALTH program".

For my country, after getting new skills, I will contribute to promote the conservation of free-ranging and captive wildlife for the future generations, increase the economy of my country through health education based on ONE HEALTH Topics and increase eco-tourism income with healthy people living in a healthy environment."

Fred Nizeyimana

Fred Nizeyimana


  • Born September 22, 1978 in Uganda
  • Married with 3 children


  • 2005 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Professional Experience

  • 2010 to present: Field Veterinarian Uganda, Gorilla Doctors/ Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project
  • 2007 to 2009: Veterinarian and sanctuary manager at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary Uganda
  • 2005 to 2007: acting Project Manager for the Kibale EcoHealth Project in Kibale National Park, Uganda

Dr. Freds's thoughts on his MSc (Wildlife Medicine) training and work...

"I enrolled this year together with four others that include my colleagues Drs. Jean Bosco Noheli/ Rwanda and Eddy Syaluha Kambale/ DRCongo. The Gorilla Doctors Capacity building coordinator, Associate Professor John Bosco Nizeyi fondly called Dr. JBN organized with his fellow professors a time-table that caters for our role as full time field veterinarians of mountain gorillas. We study full time for 8 days in a month and work for 20 days. During working time we attend to sick gorillas if any, do routine health monitoring at the same time do our study assignments and reading. The course has opened other doors to knowledge and skills in the area of research, wildlife ecology and management, disease management and social dynamics on a large scale.

Tentative area of research- Antibiotic resistance study in the mountain gorillas, humans and domestic animals with emphasis on microbes isolated during respiratory infections.

I think it's kinda a story of "three gorilla doctors musketeers" in a class of five MSc. students! Our morale is high when we meet up for class for 4-4 days immediately after our routine work. Personally it has been a time of sharing my time on a roughly tough balance between work, break-time and school. I am adjusting well to this new life. It is a dream fulfillment in part.

I am lucky and privileged to be part of this MSc. wildlife health scholarship scheme under Gorilla Doctors partly sponsored by Docs4GreatApes."

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