GRACE 2_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Grauer's gorilla closeup
GRACE 1_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Shamavu, the youngest male at GRACE, is known for his good looks and upbeat personality.
GRACE 3_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Female Ndjingala immediately climbed a tree and took in the view the first day the gorillas were released into their first 24-acre forest enclosure in March 2015, marking a huge milestone in GRACE's progress towards potential reintroduction.
GRACE 4_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
The gorillas have access to 39 acres of forest habitat, which is critical for their rehabilitation and welfare.
GRACE 7_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Female Ndjingala carrying young female Isangi. Females at GRACE often begin carrying the younger orphans early on, good practice for post reintroduction when they will have the opportunity to have offspring of their own.
GRACE 5_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Beta female Mapendo is a great surrogate mother and, of all the Grauer's gorillas at GRACE, looks the most like a mountain gorilla due to her long, thick hair.
GRACE 8_photo by GRACE
Local schoolchildren observe gorillas for the first time at GRACE. Although the community shares their home with wild gorillas, many have never seen a living gorilla until they come to GRACE.
GRACE 9_photo by GRACE
The gorillas lounge in the forest.
GRACE 10_photo by GRACE
Local schoolchildren tending to seedlings they will plant along roads near GRACE to help prevent erosion.
GRACE 11_photo by T. Bernardini/GRACE
Adult female Mapendo enjoying her lunch
GRACE 12_photo by GRACE
Students learn how to use binoculars and identify local wildlife during GRACE's conservation education program.
GRACE 13_photo by A. Bernard/GRACE
Alpha female Pinga served as surrogate mother to Shamavu for much longer than is typical, perhaps because of the critical time spent without a family before his arrival to GRACE.
Lubutu, the second oldest of the three male Grauer's gorillas at GRACE
GRACE 14_photo by D. Bechard/GRACE
GRACE 16_photo by GRACE
Female Isangi and friends exploring the forest.
GRACE 15_photo by GRACE
Women play huge roles in their communities in Democratic Republic of Congo. Pictured are members of the local women's group.
GRACE 17_photo by D. Bechard/GRACE
Avid nest-builder Amani plays in her creation.
GRACE 18_photo by GRACE
GRACE's student conservation clubs volunteer after school each week on the gorilla food farm, which supplements the gorillas' diet while alleviating some of the pressure on wild vegetation.
GRACE 19_photo by GRACE