2 07, 2021

Great Ape Survey in Tayna Nature Reserve

2021-07-12T12:50:40-05:00July 2nd, 2021|

Great ape survey team members collect fecal samples at a nest site. This year, GRACE completed the first-ever great ape survey of the entire Tayna Nature Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). How did GRACE achieve this milestone for conservation? Not alone. Success meant working hand-in-hand [...]

19 03, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021

2021-03-30T10:44:35-05:00March 19th, 2021|

GRACE’s work protecting critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas and their habitat would not be possible without the many talented, dedicated women on our team and in the community. We rely on women in leadership, gorilla care, farming, community outreach, research, and so much more. Among GRACE staff, International Women's Day is considered the most important [...]

26 02, 2021

Gorilla Conservation on the Radio

2021-03-30T10:43:19-05:00February 26th, 2021|

GRACE Educators stand outside of the radio station. In GRACE’s remote, poorly developed area of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), people rely heavily on radio. Radio is the only way news and other information is communicated. This makes radio an attractive option for GRACE’s conservation education efforts. Not to mention, [...]

23 12, 2020

Preparing Gorillas for Reintroduction

2020-12-23T10:27:41-05:00December 23rd, 2020|

When baby gorillas are rescued from poaching, they often need to relearn wild gorilla skills. They may have been in captivity or in poor circumstances for extended periods. GRACE specializes in helping rescued gorillas learn the skills they need to survive in the wild, with access to: Forests A surrogate gorilla family Wild gorilla [...]

19 11, 2020

The GRACE Gorillas Livestream, One Year Later

2020-11-19T09:55:36-05:00November 19th, 2020|

Last year, the GRACE Explore livestream came online for the first time, bringing a magical glimpse into the remote forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Now, you can head to the livestream any time, day or night, to watch the gorillas live in the forest or see highlights, when the gorillas [...]

26 10, 2020

GRACE Awarded Outstanding International Sanctuary of 2020

2020-10-26T15:57:24-05:00October 26th, 2020|

We are thrilled to announce that on October 23, 2020, GRACE was recognized by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) with their First Annual Outstanding International Sanctuary Award. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying excellence in animal sanctuaries. The outstanding sanctuary awards, presented by the GFAS Board or Directors, [...]

5 10, 2020

Welcoming Dr. Katie Fawcett to GRACE

2020-10-05T17:33:15-05:00October 5th, 2020|

We are excited to welcome Dr. Katie Fawcett as the new Program Director at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center. Katie's many accomplishments ensure GRACE's programming will be in superb hands. Her decade managing the Karisoke center in Rwanda for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International gave Katie a working knowledge of [...]

4 09, 2020

GRACE Gorillas Singing in the Forest

2020-09-04T09:16:04-05:00September 4th, 2020|

Did you know gorillas sing? When they are especially enjoying their food, they make little noises of delight and contentment. A sort of gorilla version of a cat purring. The video below is a heartwarming look (and listen!) showing some very happy gorillas. It is quite special and not often recorded. At GRACE, the [...]

29 07, 2020

Lubutu’s Journey: A Rehabilitation Success Story

2020-07-29T13:04:24-05:00July 29th, 2020|

Just like wild gorillas, the Grauer’s gorillas at GRACE live together in a cohesive social group. Each gorilla was rescued as an infant, and the chance to live and grow in a surrogate family with other gorillas is a crucial part of their rehabilitation. But the GRACE gorillas aren’t babies anymore, they’re teenagers and [...]