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Wildlife Wednesdays: Orphaned Gorillas in Africa Under Watchful Care at Rehabilitation and Conservation Center Supported by Disney

posted on October 31st, 2012 by Tammie Bettinger, Ph.D., Senior Research Biologist, Disney's Animal Programs


Guests who come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom just love seeing our gorillas when they visit Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Gorillas are amazing animals, and we are so proud to have them in our care. We’re also very proud to be saving gorillas in the wild.
Orphaned Gorillas in Africa Under Watchful Care at Rehabilitation and Conservation Center Supported by Disney

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has given more than $2 million to support conservation projects that protect primates. And the DWCF and Disney’s Animals Programs teamed up with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and several Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facilities (the Dallas, Denver and Houston zoos) to build and operate GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

Disney Parks Blog has been following the story of GRACE since the beginning. Of course, our wish, and the wish of the local Congolese people who work at GRACE, is that there would be no baby gorillas orphaned through poaching in need of human care. Until then, we are fortunate to have GRACE, a facility where orphaned gorillas can be rehabilitated for eventual reintroduction to the wild. GRACE currently is home to 12 orphaned gorillas, with 3 more arriving soon.

We hope you enjoy our new video about GRACE.

Want even more inspiration? Click here to see a second video featuring the gorillas at GRACE.

To learn more about Disney’s commitment to conservation, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

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Jennie from CA on October 31st, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Had a great time on AK Wild Africa Trek. I’m so pleased to know that a portion of the fee goes to animal conservation. We are so fortunate to have these wonderful animals at Animal Kingdom. Is a terrific tour if anyone is thinking of going don’t hesitate.

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