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

Unusual confiscation in an ecolodge

A 2 year-old chimpanzee and a monkey (Agile Mangabey) of the same age have been confiscated in Kinshasa. Both had... Read More "Unusual confiscation in an ecolodge"

Education & Conservation

Education is one of the best platforms to transmit a culture, J.A.C.K. held an awareness stand for young students and... Read More "Education & Conservation"

Surgery on banda’s foot

Banda, formerly Ramses, the baby chimpanzee that arrived at the rehabilitation center on March 1, had foot surgery. During her... Read More "Surgery on banda’s foot"

The relevant story of Bunia “Marie”

In 2021, little Bunia - once called "Marie" by her executioners, was captured by poachers who decimated her group and... Read More "The relevant story of Bunia “Marie”"

Follow our monkey residents

Imminent rescue of 23 monkeys abused by man

As previously explained in our lastest article, the bushmeat trade is driving many animal species straight to extinction and, if... Read More "Imminent rescue of 23 monkeys abused by man"

International Day for Biodiversity

The DRC is one of the places to have one of the greatest biodiversity. The biodiversity expanse of the DRC... Read More "International Day for Biodiversity"

Unusual confiscation in an ecolodge

A 2 year-old chimpanzee and a monkey (Agile Mangabey) of the same age have been confiscated in Kinshasa. Both had... Read More "Unusual confiscation in an ecolodge"

Noucha & Bobo

Noucha He is a red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius). He had been rescued by a young man who had financial issues... Read More "Noucha & Bobo"

Broken chains for newcomer SYLLIO

Last Saturday, Founder Franck received a call from the ICCN (DRC Wildlife authority) saying a vervet monkey male had been... Read More "Broken chains for newcomer SYLLIO"

Masi together with Otto

Otto is a baby galago we rescued in October 2021 and, today, he has turned into a beautiful bushbaby male.... Read More "Masi together with Otto"