Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center

A Future for Gorillas, Built on Community

Niwot, CO   |  gracegorillas.org

Mission

GRACE's mission is to provide excellent care for rescued Grauer's gorillas and work alongside Congolese communities to promote the conservation of wild gorillas and their habitat.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Tommi Wolfe

Main address

PO BOX 504

Niwot, CO 80544 USA

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EIN

46-2308758

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center is the only sanctuary for critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas, a subspecies only found in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the world’s largest primate, and are poorly studied because field research in Congo has been impeded by decades of insecurity. It is both an umbrella and a flagship taxon, with populations living in some of the highest conservation value regions of Congo, but is suffering a catastrophic decline in population. The principal cause of the decline of Grauer’s gorillas is increased bushmeat hunting fueled by the expansion of “conflict mineral” mining and the presence of armed groups. While people living near Tayna do not hunt gorillas, they use gorilla habitat to collect wood. GRACE is working with local communities to promote the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild gorillas and their habitat.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Orphan gorilla care

GRACE Center cares for critically endangered orphaned Grauer’s gorillas rescued from poaching. Despite operating in one of the most remote, poor and difficult areas of the world, GRACE has become an award-winning, GFAS-accredited facility that the local Congolese community call “an oasis of hope.” GRACE has three focuses: 1) Gorilla Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release: GRACE has spent over a decade successfully helping rescued baby gorillas integrate with their new surrogate family, where they are cared for and prepared for eventual reintroduction. 2) Gorilla Conservation: Our decade of local hiring, investment and integration with the community has established trust from the community and deep relationships, plus the capacity and local staff to create project successes. 3) Conservation Education and Community Engagement: We develop and implement conservation education programs that promote local understanding of and appreciation for gorillas, their habitat, and wildlife in general.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Financials

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Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Maloney

Adisa

Term: 2020 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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