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We all know chimpanzees love honey and that they hunt for it in the wild!

This year, our sanctuary decided to build its own bee hives.


Imported honey is costly and the local honey is produced far away. For the last few years, we have known a severe shortage  especially during the rainy season when routes between villages and cities  are usually interrupted (heavy rains & floods, broken bridges, transport issues, bumpy & half-sunken roads, etc.)

Therefore, one of our local sponsors, the VINMART FOUNDATION, accepted to participate into this beautiful project. A team of the Foundation set up the 5 bee hives in the small forest surrounding J.A.C.K.

Bees arrived later on. Because of the rains, they were very shy but end of July two hives had been colonised.

We will still have to wait before harvesting our first honey! Bees here do also suffer from pollution and they are getting extinct too! However, we keep our fingers crossed and we try to remain positive as we are more than convinced our chimps will LOVE their Jack-made honey!!

Many, many thanks again to the VINMART FOUNDATION for its trust and wish to be part of our action! We all feel very blessed we can work together

In 2018, J.A.C.K. had been selected to participate in an Advent Calendar project. The action aimed in selling calendars in the shape of Christmas trees holding 24 little doors  meant to introduce and support 24 different NGO’s.


This huge calendar project is ran by 24 GUTE TATEN  (24 good deeds), a German organisation supporting both humanitarian and environmental projects. 24 gute Taten is a charitable, commited and independent association. It helps people in need and poverty, regardless of nationality, religion, ethnic origin or gender.

The amount of the sponsorship depends on how many calendars were purchased. These are usually sold on Internet but also in schools, companies, and via advertising campains.

J.A.C.K. has been lucky enough to be part of last year’s calendar project thanks to its generous donor, PRO WILDLIFE. The wonderful team of Pro Wildlife indeed kindly helped us do all the paper work and it also introduced us to 24 gute Taten eV. As a result, early 2019, our sanctuary was granted enough money to cover:

* the purchase of some medical equipment for the veterinary clinic

* most of the veterinary fees (medication, analyses, etc)

* the maintenance and the cleaning of structures (kitchen, night rooms, clinic, etc)

This amazing grant supported J.A.C.K. during the 6 first months of year 2019. This unexpected sponsorship was a huge relief since so many things are missing and everything is so costly in this part of the world!

Many, many THANKS to the team and to the donors of 24gute Taten! Your project is stunning!

And a huge THANK YOU also to the great team of Pro Wildlife which guided us through the whole project process!!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THEM!

Our sanctuary has been invited in different places in Europe and I am taking the opportunity to bring back to the DRC as many things as possible for our hairy friends!

Since we don’t have many drugs in the DRC and since the ones we can find on the local markets are 4 times more expensive than the ones in Europe, I have created a fundraiser on Internet to collect some funds to buy medication for about 1 year (anibiotics and deworming drugs). Here is the link to our event: www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/ldhpein1  We need about USD 1,125 to purchase the needed items.

Should the French page be an obstacle to you, you can always donate via our “donate” page : https://jackchimp.yolasite.com/donation.php

Your support would be really appreciated as every little bit helps in this part of the world!!

Thank YOU for THEM!!

 

 

 

 

For the last few years, Roxane, co-founder of J.A.C.K., has been travelling to Zambia every Summer to stay a few days at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. These short visits are always filled with Love as meeting Sylvia & Sheila is always a very intense moments! Through this stay, Roxane has also had the opportunity to meet Dr Thalita Calvi (veterinarian) as well as the different volunteers currently working at the Orphanage! It was very nice meeting people from all over the world having the same passion: chimpanzees!

 

 

Bachi, one of our 14-year old males has just crossed the rainbow bridge… We feel all very down…

My dear Friend, I love YOU and I will always Love YOU!

We all miss YOU already…

🌿BAPU is enjoying every single moment if her re-integration in her group! We are all so happy to see her healthy and well!

Remember, Bapu is the young female chimpanzee that broke her tibia last September. She underwent surgery twice and had to be isolated in a small cage to prevent her from standing on her leg.

Bapu did well: her bone healed up well and the chimp was very very patient!

Then, when the doctors decided she could go back into her group, Bapu had to be introdced again to her friends. All of them were so happy to see her. If you look at the footage below, it is the first time Bapu goes outside in nearly 7 months and her friends vocalise a lot when she coes to greet them in front of the other night rooms!

Bapu’s case has been a tricky case: it was the first time J.A.C.K. had to deal with a fractured bone! Therefore, the sanctuary and its team has been extremely grateful to BOOZAA for its valuable support!

Yes, last year, the BOOZAA team organised a musical event in Brussels and donated the benefits of it to the Congolese sanctuary. Such great help that totally covered the two surgeries Bapu went through, as well as the different X-rays that had to be done in addition to the blood tests  made to follow Bapu closely during the last 6 months . Without BOOZAA and its precious team, J.A.C.K. wouldn’t have been able to provide young Bapu with the veterinary assistance she needed urgently!!!

Many thanks again to Patricia D, to Gaëtane and all the members of BOOZAA for their wonderful support!

 

Remember, Doguy is our one-eyed chimpanzee.

Last February, we thought he would have had to undergo surgery as a growing cataract was said to be harming his remaining eye… However, after two eye specialists checked his eye, no surgery took place and the surgeons advised Doguy would need an eye onguent when dry season starts.

Today, 3 months later, our austral Winter is on its way along with its dust, heavy sun and dry air. We managed to find Doguy’s eye treatment in Europe and our young resident doesn’t seem to complain. He looks happy and he is enjoying outdoor life with his friends.

We are so glad he is feeling well!

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!

 

GROOMING session this morning! Our residents look extremely busy as grooming is an important social behaviour among chimps of the same group… it shows acceptance and respect

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