Located in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR-Congo) near the Tayna Nature Reserve, GRACE is the world’s only sanctuary for rescued Grauer’s gorillas, a Critically Endangered subspecies found only war-torn eastern DR-Congo. Grauer's gorillas have suffered a catastrophic population decline of nearly 80% in the past 20 years, largely due to poaching exacerbated by insecurity and humanitarian crises in the region.
GRACE provides rehabilitative care for gorillas orphaned by poaching, nursing orphans back to health and giving them the chance to be with other gorillas again. The gorillas at GRACE—all orphans—form a tight-knit surrogate family and spend their days together in forest habitats, learning survival skills necessary for future reintroduction back into the wild. GRACE is breaking new ground in its work planning for what would be the first reintroduction of Grauer’s gorillas.
The sanctuary in DR Congo is run entirely by Congolese staff, and works hand-in-hand with local communities to implement conservation actions to protect wild gorilla habitat. GRACE works with Congolese communities on conservation education, forest protection, and sustainable livelihoods to help secure a future for orphaned gorillas and their wild counterparts and to foster a peaceful coexistence between humans and gorillas.
To learn more about GRACE visit https://gracegorillas.org.