Grace Ge Gabriel
Grace has been the driving force behind IFAW China from its inception, nurturing protection for both domestic animals and wildlife in a country where policies regarding conservation and animal welfare were lacking. Projects initiated by Grace include establishing the first raptor rescue center in China, initiating anti-poaching operations to protect the Tibetan antelope and participating in the development of China’s first Animal Welfare Law. IFAW China has developed outreach and education programs to improve regulations and conditions for domestic animals and works closely with local animal rescue groups.
Grace was instrumental in linking wildlife protection with development in rural Yunnan province in China where the remaining Asian elephants roam. IFAW’s project helps to alleviate human-elephant conflicts, raise conservation awareness and motivate local communities to live in harmony with wildlife. The project was featured in the Animal Planet documentary “China’s Last Elephant”.
Grace is a strong voice in the fight to reduce the devastating impact wildlife trade has on tigers, elephants, bears and many other endangered species. She has testified before the European Union Commission on protecting wild tigers and was invited to speak at the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting regarding controlling global online trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Grace has also testified on the escalating global wildlife crime before the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee.
Because of her work as a champion of wildlife, Grace was featured in Julie Scardina and Jeffrey Flocken’s book, Wildlife Heroes, 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals they are Committed to Saving (page 208).
Grace was featured in Judith Mills’ book “Blood of the Tiger: A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species” published by Beacon Press in 2015. In 2016, Grace was included as one of the 50 conservationists in Lori Robinson’s book “Saving Wild: Inspiration from 50 Leading Conservationists” (Page 53).
As native of China, who respects the cultural heritage and health benefits of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Grace has been in the forefront of promoting TCM alternatives to the use of endangered species, a view supported by legitimate TCM practitioners in China and around the world. To that end, Grace has overseen IFAW’s global campaign to reduce the use of endangered species in traditional medicine.
Deputy Director, Wildlife and Habitat Protection Program, IFAW
Founding member, International Tiger Coalition
Senior News Editor, KSL-TV(NBC affiliate), USA
Language Instructor-Chinese, University of Utah, USA
Producer, China Central Television, China
Reporter Intern, Radio Beijing, China
Master of Arts, Mass Communication, University of Utah, USA
Bachelor of Arts, English and Journalism, China
Broadcasting University, Beijing, China
* Gabriel, G. Foreward, Bears, Saiga Antelope in: Call, E. 2006. Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation. Pp. iii-v, 81-92,113-122. IFAW/AHPA publication.
* Gratwicke, B. Mills, J., Dutton, A., Gabriel, G., Long, B. et al. 2008 Attitudes Toward Consumption and Conservation of Tigers in China. PLoS ONE 3(7): e2544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002544
* Reeve, R., Tuite, C.,Gabriel, G., Bell, J. and Pueschel, P.2003. International Fund for Animal Welfare: Promoting Animal Welfare in China. Pachyderm.35:115-130.
* Gabriel, G. 2010-2011. International Fund for Animal Welfare: Promoting Animal Welfare in China in: China Environment Series. Spotlight on NGO Activism in China. China Environment Forum. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
* IFAW report on ivory trade 2009
Interview with the Breakthrough Institute on China’s fight against elephant poaching.
Gabriel, Grace. “From villain to hero - China should ban all ivory trade.” China Dialogue. 20 March 2015.
Gabriel, Grace, “OPINION: Elephants Are Not Widgets,” National Geographic: A Voice for Elephants (September 24, 2014).
Gabriel, Grace, “Will China Say No to Wildlife Trade?” UN Chronicle: The Magazine of the United Nations Vol.LI No. 2 (September 2014).
Gabriel, Grace. “My angst over China’s role in the endangered wildlife trade.” China Dialogue. 15 March 2013.
Grace spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars on a panel about wildlife laws: China and its role in illicit wildlife trade.
CCTV China Insight: Grace shares her plan to protect elephants by eradicating greed. Watch here.
KQED Science: Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 96, California becomes third state to impose total ban on the sale of ivory — Read more.
AP interview on NY Post: Beijing’s efforts to stop the trade of ivory called into question as Chinese officials are caught smuggling the illegal product out of Tanzania — Read more.
Take Part: China’s elite invest in illegal wildlife products hoping to turn a profit once the animals are extinct — Read more.