JAK, 14 years already

14 YEARS TODAY WE RESCUED “JAK”, the first chimp ever confiscated in the Katanga Province. “JAK” was assassinated in an arson. However, although Franck & I spent only a few months with this young primate, “JAK” gave us the strength to continue the fight to save his species… For years, our city, Lubumbashi, was a hub in ape trafficking. Today, no more chimps have been seen on sale on the streets for the last 6 years. A small victory we we won despite several threats, two arsons and the soooo many sacrifices we have been through during all these years… WE LOVE YOU “JAK”

Happy Anniversary, Mata!

Young chimpanzee MATA has just had his 5th Anniversary at J.A.C.K. time is flying by!

Mata’s anniversary is very imprtant to all of us at the sanctuary since he represents a victory against ape trafficking in the DRC. This young chimpanzee was confiscated 5 years ago and, since then, no other chimpanzees have been seen on the streets f Lubumbashi nor smuggled through the zabian border! Mata s the proof that wildlife trafficking can be stopped and he also represents HOPE to all the other wildlife organisations working daily to stop that illicit business!


13 years already!

JAK, it’s been 13 long years now we rescued you and that you changed our lives completely… Today you are no longer with us but your memory and your name make us keep our fight in rescuing your species… The moments we spent together will remain forever in our hearts. We miss you so badly…

Sept. 5th – sad anniversary

JAK &TOUZO were 2 orphaned chimpanzees we rescued and who were killed in the 1st arson we went through in 2006. Someone put fire in the night room were the babies were sleeping: 3 managed to escape the flames, 2 died…

*JAK burnt to death in his sleep while TOUZO crossed the flames and left us a few days later because of the heavy burns he had…

These 2 orphans were tragically taken from us and, despite our grief and the insecurity we are facing ith our mission of saving apes, they both gave us more strength to achieve our mission: rescuing chimpanzees.

Today, 12 years after this arson, our pain and sorrow are still deep and hard to bear! I can’t find the words as I really regret they are no longer with us…

JAK &TOUZO, you are both still in our hearts!

=> Read more about this tragedy which represents the early beginning of our story : http://www.jacksanctuary.org/jack-a-refuge-centre-for-seized-chimpanzee-babies/