First Harvest & World Okapi Day

In July, we launched our farm initiative, which aims to establish a more sustainable food supply for the orphan gorillas at GRACE (see blog post for more). We are very excited to announce that we just harvested our first crop: elephant grass! Elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum) is a
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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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A Day at GRACE

I am awakened by the sun’s rays filtering through my window. I know it is now 6:30. I climb out of bed to peer through the elephant grass, over the peaceful villages of Katoyo and Kasugho, and into the great Congo Basin. I brush my teeth and arm myself with a comb to tame the unruly m
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How to repair a road

Kasugho, the remote area in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where GRACE is located, is a stunningly beautiful place. It is nestled high up in the mountains at an elevation of over 6000 feet. Up here, the air is thin and you literally walk amongst the clouds. But the weather chan
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