Project Updates

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October 2020

During their 2020 Giving Day for Apes, GRACE raises more than $32,000 for Grauer's gorillas—ensuring the apes continue to thrive with healthy forest habitats and vegetation.

September 2020

ADI Wildlife Sanctuary completes rescues of 12 tigers and 5 lions from Guatemala, while building a sanctuary in South Africa for over 40 big cats

July 2020

The NhRP filed its appellate brief​ in the First Judicial Department and expects to appear before the court for oral argument on behalf of Happy in or about November 2020.

May 2020

The Nonhuman Rights Project applauds a decision issued by the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan that “without any hesitation” affirms the rights of nonhuman animals, and specifically orders the release to sanctuary of an Asian elephant named Kaavan held in solitary confinement at the Marghazar Zoo. Click here to learn more.

Animals Asia rescues two bears from a bile farm which was part of a restaurant just north of Hanoi, Vietnam. The bears, which were named Florence and Clara, were fittingly rescued on International Nurses Day. Click here to read more.

April 2020

The African Wildlife Foundation launches a new 10-year strategy coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The strategy is aimed at achieving three goals: to support and promote African-led policy, planning, and finance that leverage wildlife and wildlands as essential to development; to conserve, protect, and restore Africa’s ecosystems and the services they provide; and to conserve Africa’s wildlife in situ and reduce poaching and other forms of illegal wildlife trade. Click here to read more.

March 2020

Thanks to funding from the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation, the Ol Jogi Community and Wildlife Foundation receives much-needed equipment for its veterinary clinic, as well as operating support to protect animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2020

International Animal Rescue successfully rehabilitates and releases a foster mother, named Monti, and baby orangutan, named Anggun, back into the wild. They were released in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR)—located on Borneo Island, Indonedia—with three other rehabilitated orangutans. Click here to learn more.

January 2020

The Oceanic Preservation Society begins work on a new film about how plant-based plastics can help solve the plastics pollution problem.

December 2019

The Nonhuman Rights Foundation celebrates Animal Rights Day on December 10. It is also the same day as Human Rights Day, signifying that the fight for nonhuman animal rights is rooted in the same values and principles of justice as human rights.

November 2019

Painted Dog Conservancy begins its second, and biggest, phase of reconstruction work supported by Holtzman Wildlife Foundation. The phase includes destroying the old buildings and making way for the new construction to improve infrastructure. This will enable the nonprofit to construct office, research lab and accommodation that will last for many, many years to come.

October 2019

Thanks to funding from the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation, Oceanic Preservation Society completes its film detailing the importance of preserving the indigenous wildlife habitat on the island of Sumatra.

Justice Alison Y. Tuitt of the Bronx Supreme Court grants the Nonhuman Rights Project’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents the Bronx Zoo from moving their elephant client, Happy, out of New York State before an upcoming hearing in her historic elephant rights case.

September 2019

GRACE celebrates World Gorilla Day on September 24 with a pioneering project—a 24/7 gorilla livestream! The nonprofit also holds several celebratory community events in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo including tree planting, radio broadcasts and the region's first ever competitive race. Click here to read more.

GRACE is awarded Accredited status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying excellence in animal sanctuaries. GRACE is the first great ape sanctuary in Africa to receive GFAS accreditation. Click here to read more.

August 2019

Thanks to funding from Holtzman Wildlife Foundation, Detroit Zoo staff are able to travel across the globe to participate in several activities to advance wildlife conservation and raise awareness about important issues affecting wildlife today.

Animal Defenders International rescues 27 lions from circuses in Peru and Columbia.

July 2019

A few weeks after Happy the elephant's plight went viral online—thanks to the Nonhuman Rights Project—NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson makes a public statement urging the Bronx Zoo to release Happy and Patty (a second elephant at the zoo) to a sanctuary. NhRC is now running both a digital and physical campaign for Happy, urging people to get involved in the #FreeHappy initiative. Click here to learn more.

June 2019

Nonhuman Rights Project holds a rally outside the Bronx Zoo in support of freedom for its client, Happy—a 48-year-old, wild-born Asian elephant who has been held captive for decades and forced to live alone. Click here to learn more.

April 2019

Centre ValBio greatly expands its 30-year conservation education efforts in Madagascar to include showings of the IMAX film, Island of the Lemurs. In the initial launch, over 5000 Malagasy children in 35 rural villages throughout the island nation viewed the film. In addition, it was shown on National Television (TVM) for wider viewership.

March 2019

Nonhuman Rights Project develops a digital resource, in partnership with Voiceless, that teaches nonhuman rights to high school students through video, infographic, fact sheet, quiz, podcast, activities, and lesson plans—everything educators might need to bring the global conversation surrounding nonhuman rights into their classroom. Click here to read more about the program.

The DRC team for GRACE is honored with a 2018 Disney Conservation Hero Award, which recognizes local citizens for their commitment to saving wildlife, protecting habitats and inspiring communities to take part in conservation efforts. Only 13 awardees were chosen for the honor. Click here to read more.

February 2019

Holtzman Wildlife Foundation renews grant to GRACE, giving them the opportunity to continue their important work in saving Grauer's gorillas.

December 2018

GRACE opens a new, 15-acre forest habitat for gorilla orphans, funded in part by Holtzman Wildlife Foundation. The habitat provides more room for the growing gorillas to practice critical rehabilitation skills such as foraging and nest building. Click here to read more about GRACE's new habitat.

GRACE releases a new, 20-minute documentary through GoPro that details the Center's process of saving Lulingu the baby gorilla. Click here to watch GRACE's documentary now.

On December 10, 2018, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is held at the Detroit Zoo to officially open the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest. Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ron Kagan introduced Jonathan Holtzman, who cut the ribbon after giving an inspiring speech about conservation. Click here to read more about the ceremony and exhibit.

November 2018

GRACE opens their Education & Community Center–their first facility dedicated to education and community initiatives. The space will function as a meeting place for onsite education activities, most notably their local visitor program. Read more here.

August 2018

Thanks to a grant from Holtzman Wildlife Foundation, GRACE Center was able to purchase a reliable vehicle to ensure the safety and security of staff on Congo's rough roads.

July 2018

GRACE Center partners with to set up cameras allowing people anywhere to watch their gorillas in real time. Check out the live cam here.

Red Panda Network organizes a four-day nature guide training–which includes trek leading, field safety, environmental education, birding and wildlife tracking and minimal impact practices–for 20 local youth in Gorkhe, Ilam.