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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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Welcome to our new website!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of GRACE’s new website! Please take a moment to explore the site to find out more about our work helping orphaned Grauer’s gorillas and local communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Sign up using the form to the right (or
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