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

Obama is now called “MONGA”

On October the 30th 2021 while CEO & Founder of J.A.C.K., Franck Chantereau, was in Kinshasa with friend Adams Cassinga,... Read More "Obama is now called “MONGA”"

Our residents do start a great weekend!

🌿HOLIDAYS ARE NOW OVER as September has just started. However, our chimp residents don't care since every single day is... Read More "Our residents do start a great weekend!"

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Golden bellies LOVE termites!

The golden bellied Mangabeys (Cercocebus chrysogaster) are unique primates solely living in the DRC tropical rainforests. They are nomadic and... Read More "Golden bellies LOVE termites!"

4 rescues in less than 2 weeks

The last few weeks have been very busy: 4 new monkeys were rescued and brought into quarantine at J.A.C.K. All... Read More "4 rescues in less than 2 weeks"

International Primate Day

On Sept 1st, we celebrate both big and small primates. Nearly 2/3 of the primate species are classified as THREATENED... Read More "International Primate Day"

Great help from the Dutch Zoo Federation

Created in 1966, the DUTCH ZOO FEDERATION -  DZF (Nederlandse Vereniging van Dierentuinen - NVD) is an association made of... Read More "Great help from the Dutch Zoo Federation"

“POLA” is doing fine

POLA is an old Malbrouck monkey. She has recently been taken in at the sanctuary. POLA has been kept for... Read More "“POLA” is doing fine"