Lubumbashi, Upper Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Sanctuary

J.A.C.K., A SELF-FUNDED NGO WITH A TRIPLE MISSION Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K. – ‘young animals confiscated in Katanga’) is an independent, self-funded NGO that started in Lubumbashi (DRC) in April 2006. Run by ...

About us

  In 1960, there was an estimated one million chimpanzees in Africa. Today, hardly 172,000 to 300,00 are said to be left. About 40% of this remaining population lives in the DRC. Unfortunately, very few...

Let’s make THE difference

J.A.C.K. relies solely on your donations! Located in the South of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, J.A.C.K. can’t work all alone and needs your help! To give you an example: to take care of one chimpanzee...

Why a sanctuary


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to a  great variety of endangered wildlife. Yet, poaching, wildlife traficking and bushmeat are the threats it faces daily.

Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.)  is a Congolese NGO which aims to stop all that wildlife trade through law enforcement and by managing a rehabilitation center. It focuses on apes and primates mainly and, because of its partnership with the DRC Environment authorities (Ministry of the Environment & ICCN), confiscated primates are handed over  to J.A.C.K. for rehabilitation and  future release.

In 2006,  J.A.C.K. was created to stop the trade in chimpanzees in and around the city of Lubumbashi. Today, J.A.C.K. has stopped ape traficking in this part of the DR Congo and now also concentrates on other primates (smaller ones) which are smuggled for their meat or sold to respond to the tropical pet demand.

Most of the endemic primate species of the DRC are in danger. This is the case of chimpanzees! It is thought that nearly half of the chimpanzees living in the wild on the African continent live in the forests of the DRC. Unfortunately, although this Central African country has ratified CITES agreements protecting Great Apes more than 30 years ago, nearly no action has been taken in Southern DRC to protect them. Chimpanzees are still being poached, eaten and sold in the Democratic Republic of CONGO.  This species is soon to become extinct if awareness is not advocated to stop the trade!!!

Therefore, J.A.C.K. exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities. Where would all these poor and traumatised souls have gone after being legally confiscated by DRC Environment officials?


Follow our chimp residents

Abduction of baby chimpanzees

Our daily life has been turned upside down since September 9th. In the middle of the night, people not yet... Read More "Abduction of baby chimpanzees"

CESAR, a breathtaking transfer

In January 2022, we were contacted from Likati (Bas Uélé Province) by a caring person  who had just saved Cesar,... Read More "CESAR, a breathtaking transfer"

Happy Anniversary, SHASA

It indeed has been 16 years since this large female was rescued, confiscated in Kinshasa and transferred to our Center... Read More "Happy Anniversary, SHASA"

Follow our monkey residents

Cercopithecus enclosures thanks to Zoo de la Palmyre

As explained previously, the massive arrival of Cercopithecus has forced us to make new arrangements both in terms of internal... Read More "Cercopithecus enclosures thanks to Zoo de la Palmyre"

Thank you OAT for the Lodjas!

J.A.C.K. would like to thank the  OLSEN ANIMAL TRUST for its involvement in the transfer and the accommodation of the monkeys recently... Read More "Thank you OAT for the Lodjas!"

Lodja 2 Rescue Mission succeeded

A few weeks ago, we announced the imminent rescue of 23 monkeys  confiscated by a Congolese NGO APPACOL-PRN located in... Read More "Lodja 2 Rescue Mission succeeded"

MISSION LODJA2: transfer of 12 primates to J.A.C.K.

Remember, J.A.C.K. is committed to transfer around 20 primates rescued in LODJA by APPACOL-PRN, a Congolese NGO which raises awareness... Read More "MISSION LODJA2: transfer of 12 primates to J.A.C.K."