The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center is the world’s only sanctuary for Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poaching. At GRACE, rescued gorillas receive the care they need and learn the skills necessary for reintroduction back into the wild. GRACE also works alongside local communities on conservation education, sustainable livelihoods, and other programs to safeguard wild gorillas and other threatened wildlife in Congo.
Continued Education & Advocacy
Holtzman Wildlife Foundation has awarded a GRACE a total of $300,000 to support a variety of efforts, including:
Beginning in 2018, Holtzman funded education and advocacy efforts to protect GRACE’s work with the endangered Grauer’s gorillas. In recent years, the region of the Congo near the GRACE center has been disrupted by armed militia, COVID-19 and a major Ebola outbreak. GRACE assists local governments and communities in finding solutions to better coexist with Grauer’s gorillas and other endangered wildlife. This remains an ongoing effort.
Forest Habitat Expansion
In 2017, Holtzman Wildlife Foundation helped create the world's largest gorilla enclosure at GRACE, giving gorillas the forest environment needed to practice forest survival skills–including foraging, nest building and coordinating group travel–in a safe space in preparation for their return to the wild. The project added 15 acres of forest habitat, bringing the total forest to 39 acres.
Constructing a Gorilla Night House
In 2015, Holtzman Wildlife Foundation funded an expansion of GRACE Center’s night quarters to double the number of rescued gorillas the center could receive from animal trafficking authorities. This project increased GRACE’s capacity so they can care for gorillas for the next 15+ years.