Gorillas in the wild are endangered, and the Houston Zoo works with several organizations in Africa to protect and save them: Conservation Heritage – Turambe, Gorilla Doctors and GRACE. Learn more about them and how you can help wild gorillas.
Conservation and Health Education
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Conservation Heritage-Turambe conducts conservation and health education programs for local people in communities bordering Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Through after-school programming with local primary school students and community outreach efforts, CHT promotes healthy communities and gorilla conservation through education and empowerment within the region.
GRACE: Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center
A Future for Gorillas, Built on Community
Democratic Republic of Congo
GRACE’s mission is to provide the best facilities and care for rescued Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo while working alongside local communities to ensure gorilla survival in the wild. Eastern lowland gorillas, also known as Grauer’s gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri), only live the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. Grauer’s gorillas are highly endangered due to widespread habitat destruction, poaching, and threats associated with the every growing human population. Over the past decade, insecurity in eastern Congo has amplified these threats, making the situation even more dire.
Saving a Species One Gorilla at a Time
Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda
The Gorilla Doctors are dedicated to saving the lives of critically-endangered mountain and Grauer’s gorillas through healthy care. Their international team of veterinarians is the only group providing these animals with direct, hands-on care in the wild. With only 880 mountain gorillas left in the world today, it is critical to ensure the health and well-being of every individual gorilla. The land surrounding the national parks where gorillas live is some of the most densely populated in Africa. As a result of intense human activity near and inside the parks, gorillas face numerous threats to their survival, including poaching and habitat loss. The Gorilla Doctors team monitors the health of gorilla groups to ensure the early detection of disease and injury. When gorillas suffer from human-induced or life-threatening trauma or disease, the team stages medical interventions to save their lives.