We Are The Grauer Gorillas!
We are proud to be the Grauer Gorillas. It was no accident that the most innovative San Diego private school selected the world’s largest primate as its mascot. We have made a claim about the Grauer’s gorilla for many years now: it should have been extinct long ago. Incredibly, it just keeps hanging on. To all of us here at The Grauer School, this great species has served as an inspirational message of perseverance, hope and ultimately, refusing to go quietly into the night.
We, as Grauer Gorillas, are also incredibly proud to support the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center. Founded in 2009, GRACE is the only facility in the world dedicated to providing in situ rehabilitative care for Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poaching. GRACE’s ultimate goal is to return gorillas to the wild. GRACE also works with local communities, through education and other outreach programs, in order to help ensure the long-term survival of wild gorilla populations.
Grauer’s gorillas only live in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Tragically, they have lost 77% of their population in the past 20 years due to poaching. Because of this, Grauer gorillas are Critically Endangered. In fact, they are currently considered to be one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. For more information about GRACE, we welcome you to visit www.gracegorillas.org, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.