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Gorilla biscuits

Like their wild counterparts, the Grauer’s gorilla orphans living at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in Kasugho, Democratic Republic of Congo mostly eat vegetation. Since 2015, they have been able to forage for vegetation on their own inside
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Welcome to GRACE, Lulingu

On June 18, a 1.5-year-old female Grauer’s gorilla orphan was transferred from Senkwekwe Center in Virunga National Park to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in Kasugho, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The operation was coordinated by GRACE, Gori
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Rest in peace, Dunia

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dunia, a 10-year-old female Grauer’s gorilla living at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), died recently after a sudden onset of a severe intestinal illness.
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Gorillas get an expert checkup

In late October, a team of veterinary experts from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Detroit Zoo, and Gorilla Doctors traveled to a remote area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to assist with health exams for orphaned Grauer’s gorillas living at the Gorilla Rehabilitat
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Jackson Mbeke named Disney Conservation Hero

Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center Manager, Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke, was recently named a 2014 Disney Conservation Hero by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. This annual competitive award was given to 19 conservationists from around the world who were
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Bringing zoo expertise to GRACE

By Beth Schaefer, Curator of Primates and Carnivores at the Houston Zoo After arriving at GRACE, Rachel Daneault (Primate Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and I were eager to set up the workshop we had prepared for the GRACE gorilla care staff covering natural history, saf
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It’s the people

By Claire Martin, Disney Conservation Programs Manager & Rachel Daneault, Primate Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom “Are you taking guns in with you?” was one of the more matter-of-fact questions we were asked when we told people that we were heading to eastern Democrati
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What a welcome!

by Rachel Daneault, Primate Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom When I was initially asked to come to GRACE it was to work with the gorillas.  It did not take long for me to realize that the people in the community were just as special as the gorillas I was to work with.
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Getting to GRACE

By Beth Schaefer, Curator of Primates and Carnivores at the Houston Zoo One of the things that people who work in a zoological institution can do to help in situ conservation programs is what is known as capacity building.  This entails a transfer of knowledge from experienced staff t
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