This Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2017), we are raising funds to help complete a new gorilla forest habitat for the Critically Endangered Grauer's gorillas living at Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in Democratic Republic of Congo. Sadly, many gorillas are orphaned as infants when their families are killed by poachers. They are then captured to be sold as pets, an existence that often leaves them malnourished and physically and psychologically traumatized. The gorillas at GRACE are the lucky ones who have been rescued, given emergency vet care, and now have a second chance at being gorillas. They live in a surrogate family group with other orphans inside a large forest habitat where they can climb trees, make nests, and forage for themselves--just like wild gorillas. Ultimately, we hope to reintroduce the gorillas back into the wild where they can be free again.
Thanks to generous foundations and donors, the gorilla forest habitat is fully funded but we are still seeking support to fund the last of the three observation platforms to be built around the enclosure's perimeter. These platforms give the GRACE staff a good vantage point from which to monitor the gorillas throughout the day. This is necessary for keeping tabs on the gorillas to ensure their safety and to conduct behavioral observations to document rehabilitation progress. Please help us bring this project across the finish line on this Giving Tuesday so the gorillas can be in their new forest by the New Year!
For more about GRACE, visit: www.gracegorillas.org