In 2008, ICCN, the Congolese Wildlife Authority, urged the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to find a solution to the growing number of infant gorillas confiscated from poachers. Thus was born the idea of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Education (GRACE) Center, an innovative rescue and rehabilitation facility, built in a remote forested area where the gorillas are not only cared for as youngsters but learn skills for eventual reintroduction to the wild.
The GRACE Center works to rescue, rehabilitate, and reintroduce orphaned Grauer's gorillas back into their native habitat in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Team GRACE Spotlight:
Aldegonde Saambili, Gorilla Caregiver
Aldegonde is a specialist in caring for traumatized infant gorillas and has been a surrogate mother for almost every infant at GRACE.