J.A.C.K., a self-funded NGO with a double 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  Franck CHANTEREAU and his wife Roxane, J.A.C.K. is a  Sanctuary  for chimpanzee orphans confiscated by law by the DRC Ministry of the Environment.

J.A.C.K. Sanctuary has a double mission: (1) to stop the illegal trade of apes throughout Lubumbashi  by enforcing laws on wildlife and (2) to give the confiscated ape orphans a decent refuge with all the needed love and care.


J.A.C.K. , a sanctuary to facilitate wildlife confiscations

Today, it is thought that nearly half of the chimpanzees living in the wild are  in 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.  Sanctuary  exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities. J.A.C.K. indeed works with the DRC Ministry of the Environment to enforce laws regarding wildlife and endangered species. Where would all these poor and traumatised souls have gone after being legally confiscated by DRC Environment officials? If J.A.C.K. hadn’t existed, ape trade would have continued and so many apes would have perished in the last 10 years…



J.A.C.K., a safe place for the rescued chimpanzee orphans

Today, in January 2020, J.A.C.K. is looking after 33 young chimpanzees aged between 8 and 17 years old. There are 17 females and 16 males at the Sanctuary. None have parental links as all of them do come from different areas of the country and all of them do result from  the bushmeat trade and from the exotic animal pet trade. J.A.C.K. doesn’t buy chimpanzees. J.A.C.K. doesn’t sell chimpanzees.  J.A.C.K. rescues them with the aim to put them back into the wild which is another step of the project.


J.A.C.K., 14 years

It’s now 14 years that the Sanctuary was created and, so far,  both initial missions  of J.A.C.K. have been achieved. The 33 residents rescued by J.A.C.K. are all healthy and do live in decent captive conditions. Land from the Government has been promised for several years to start J.A.C.K. pre-release program and the sanctuary is still waiting for it!  Meanwhile, J.A.C.K. does its utmost to provide its rescued ‘kids’ with all the love and the best care they need and diserve!

Also, no more chimpanzees can be seen on sale on the streets of Lubumbashi, second biggest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Which means J.A.C.K. action is effective and people are now scared to detain or sell  apes in this part of the country!