1 01, 2019

A New Forest for GRACE Gorillas!

2019-01-01T18:40:10-05:00January 1st, 2019|

Aerial view showing original forest habitat and new expansion. One of our biggest achievements of 2018 was opening a new forest habitat for the 14 gorillas in our care. The habitat expansion project has been in the works for over a year and half and was generously supported by the Annenberg Foundation, Holtzman [...]

31 12, 2018

Tackling Food Insecurity through Animal Husbandry

2019-01-01T18:31:31-05:00December 31st, 2018|

“A future for gorillas, built on community” beautifully summarizes GRACE’s philosophy. We know that ultimately, the fate of the gorillas and the forest they depend upon, lies in the hands of the Congolese people. GRACE is fortunate to be in an area where local people are committed to protecting gorillas. However, this region has experienced [...]

20 12, 2018

GRACE Education & Community Center Opens!

2018-12-20T14:53:54-05:00December 20th, 2018|

One of the highlights of 2018 was opening GRACE's Education and Community Center in November. This is the first facility at GRACE dedicated to our education and community initiatives. It will function as the meeting place for all our onsite education activities, most notably our local visitor program. GRACE is not open to the general [...]

18 12, 2018

GRACE Responds to Regional Ebola Threat

2019-01-01T18:32:01-05:00December 18th, 2018|

On August 1, the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of Ebola virus in North Kivu, the province in which GRACE is located. Ebola causes hemorrhagic fever which leads to uncontrollable bleeding in victims. This outbreak is the Zaire strain of the virus, which has a fatality rate of 50-90%. As of today, 531 cases have [...]

13 12, 2018

Efficient Cook Stoves Protect Gorilla Habitat & Human Health

2018-12-13T11:25:12-05:00December 13th, 2018|

When people think of GRACE, they likely think of the care we provide to orphan Grauer's gorillas. But did you know that we also help conserve wild gorillas and their habitat? GRACE is located near the Tayna Nature Reserve, home to an important population of wild Grauer’s gorillas. Three-stone stove (Photo: T. Bettinger) [...]

11 12, 2018

“Water is Life”: Partnering with Community for Improved Water Access

2018-12-11T19:39:40-05:00December 11th, 2018|

This year, we experienced an unexpected crisis. GRACE is in a remote, mountainous region, and we receive our water from a clean mountain spring located 5 km above the sanctuary. The village of Katoyo, where most of our team lives, receives its water from the same source. However, infrastructure built over a decade ago [...]

27 11, 2018

Caregivers are critical to gorilla survival – Support them on Giving Tuesday!

2018-11-27T15:19:54-05:00November 27th, 2018|

Amani in 2016. Photo by Ground Media Earlier this year, 11-year-old female Amani began losing weight and body condition and started refusing her favorite foods. Also worrying, she began spending more and more time on her own. This was odd because she is usually very social and friendly with other gorillas. Amani faces [...]

27 10, 2018

GRACE Director wins international award for compassionate conservation

2018-10-27T18:43:28-05:00October 27th, 2018|

We are thrilled to announce that Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke, DRC Director for Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center, has been named the winner of the 2018 Virginia McKenna Compassionate Conservation Award given by the Born Free Foundation (see official announcement). The award provides support and recognition for outstanding conservationists and carers who place a high [...]

31 07, 2018

Zoo honors GRACE caregiver with gorilla namesake

2018-07-31T20:52:42-05:00July 31st, 2018|

The Dallas Zoo recently named their new gorilla "Saambili" (sahm-BEE-lee) in honor of GRACE caregiver Aldegonde Saambili. The infant, a female, was born on June 25 and is the first gorilla born at the zoo in 20 years. “We are thrilled about the GRACE namesake,” said Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg, GRACE Executive Director. “Aldegonde plays a [...]