Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia

Grace Ge Gabriel

Regional Director, Asia

Work

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).

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.

 

Background

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

 

Education

Master of Arts, Mass Communication, University of Utah, USA

Bachelor of Arts, English and Journalism, China

Broadcasting University, Beijing, China

 

Publications

 

Books

* 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.

 

Journals

* 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 Publications

* Elephants on the High Street-An investigation into Ivory Trade in the UK

* Ivory Market in China-China Ivory Trade Survey Report

* IFAW report on ivory trade 2009

* Made in China: Farming Tigers to Extinction

* Making a Killing—A 2011 Survey of Ivory Markets in China

Interviews

Radio interview with The Diane Rehm Show on new strategies for stopping the elephant ivory trade.

Radio interview with Dr. Laurel Neme on tiger farming and wildlife trade

People's Daily Online - "Animal Attraction"

Press contact

To schedule an interview with Grace Ge Gabriel, contact: Sabrina Qi Zhang
Communications Manager, IFAW Asia
Tel: +86 (10) 6440 2960
Mobile: +86 139 0120 5447
Email: qzhang@ifaw.org