Security and on-site developments thanks to IPPL!

As some of you know already, the INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE has been enforcing security at the sanctuary through its support to the two armed National Park Rangers who work day and night at the sanctuary. Their presence is important to the residents and to the personnel of J.A.C.K.: the DRC area where the sanctuary is located is regularly shaken by unrest and it is crucial to keep everyone at J.A.C.K. safe from harm!

This year, in addition to security enforcement, IPPL has also supported the team during the five-month-lockdown and it has also helped to improve the personnel area at the sanctuary.

The team had indeed lived in basic conditions during the five-month-long lockdown and improving the accommodation and the organization of the two personnel buildings at J.A.C.K. was a necessity. This first total isolation experience has showed the importance of a better place to work, to live, to cook, to eat and to rest for all the staff members.

Therefore, on-site developments have been brought to facilitate life: changes in the internal lay-out of the buildings (building lockers, shelves, beds, and tables, electricity installation), improvement of the shower  and construction of a roof to protect the buildings.

Personnel buildings BEFORE

Personnel buildings AFTER and thanks to the support of IPPL

Also, since the personnel area had been totally reshaped and repainted, new paint was brought onto the kitchen where the food of the chimpanzees is prepared.

The personnel of J.A.C.K.  and the residents of the sanctuary are extremely grateful to the INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE and its great donors for their endless and valuable support! Thanks to their generosity and trust, very important on-site developments have been possible in the staff area as well as in the kitchen. Since the Covid19 virus is slowly following its propagation, J.A.C.K. sanctuary is now more prepared should a second total lockdown be imposed on its team members.

Thank YOU for the team of J.A.C.K.!

 

After lockdown, a sanitary protocol at J.A.C.K.

Remember, last April, our sanctuary was put on total lockdown by the DR Wildlife authorities which means that our team had to remain inside to protect them and the chimps against the coronavirus.

Today, and since September 1st, the lockdown has been lifted and our staff members are back with their families. Because the virus was still propagating (and still is!) in town it was obvious a sanitary protocol had to be set up to prevent the worst.

Therefore, our founder, Roxane, worked for weeks with and American team on new sanitary measures to implement once the staff would be allowed to leave the sanctuary.

This is how a form was created including different questions on the health of the staff member, its family and entourage. Temperatures are taken twice a day. Upon arrival, hands must be washed thoroughly and shoes must be soaked in footbaths containing some bleach.

Tool development was supported by PASA International and the Non Human Private COVID-19 Information Hub Team , supported by an award from the Arcus Foundation to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for capacity building in the control and management of zoonotic diseases in great ape sanctuaries.

Many thanks again to all the different participants of this interesting and important project! The team of J.A.C.K. seems to stick to the rules and is happy the protocol was set up once they left the sanctuary!

Four Paws supports J.A.C.K.

It is was a lot of emotion that we share this post! Things have been very tough here between the pandemic and the insecurity caused by its economic crisis. However, we keep hope and we are convinced miracle exist and it is the case with a brand new partner who kindly accepted to offer its generosity to our orphans…
Yes, our sanctuary has indeed been granted incredible support from FOUR PAWS International to contribute to the food supplies of our residents during these tough times of Covid19. Feeding 34 growing chimpanzees is a daily challenge especially when food is scarce or when prices suddenly increase… Therefore, J.A.C.K., its residents and team are extremely grateful for the wonderful aid of Four Paws!
Many thanks again to FOUR PAWS, its great team and generous donors for their beautiful help!

Goodbye, Super Heroes!

During the 5 months of lockdown of our sanctuary we hosted the families of two of our staff members at our private house.

There were 5 children et it was great seeing them run and play in our garden. Remember, two of the kids had become “Super Heroes”.

Then, baby Eliezer arrived –  a little boy born last August in times of trouble and demonstrations… He was staying with us too

Today, now that lockdown has been lifted, each family has gone back home. We sayed goodbye with plenty of tears in our eyes s very strong bonds have been created with some of the family members. This experience has been intens – we miss our Super Heroes already!

Before the children left they were given the chance to go to the sanctuary. They had never seen the place where their parents worked, so, it was amazing to the to meet the chimps and to see their parents at work.

We are glad everyone is now back home. However, since the virus is still around, no one can go back to a normal life just like before. At J.A.C.K. and at home we have set up new sanitary measures.

End of the lockdown of the sanctuary

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End of lockdown announced by Mr MUIR, Provincial wildlife authority. Our team has remained 5 months without leavng the comlex. A huge sacrifice. Today, all our staff members can go back home although the virus is still in town and around the sanctuary. A sanitary protocol will be implemented on August 31st at night.

 

Many thanks again to our ICCN partner for having guided J.A.C.K. through these stressful and tough times of pandemic!

ELIEZER, baby of lockdown

It’s been a month now that baby ELIEZER joined our team that has been lockdown at our home. ELIEZER indeed is 1 month old today. He gained some weight and, just like his mother, he is doing very well.

Unlike all the members of the team of J.A.C.K. , Eliezer’s parents were confined at our house on April 1st. Gracia, his mother, was pregnant and all her medical expenses (regular check ups, delivery & hospialization) were covered thanks to the wonderful generosity of two great friends, Rebecca & Bob.

Gracia has been very lucky to give birth in a “lockdown mode”: the clinic stuck to our lockdown rules (personal room & bathroom, no visits except the doctors’ and mine) and we knew Mama and baby were in good hands!

Delivery was long and painful. During her stay, Gracia was spoilt by the nurses who I thank again from the deepest of my heart as they did a very good job!!!

Today, we are all happy that Eliezer is healthy and growing well. He has a big brother, Elvie (6 years old) and a sister, Emmanuella (3).

Many thanks again to Rebecca and Bob for their amazing suport during these very partcular times. Also, thanks again to the Clinic, its kind Managers & team for all that they have done for Gracia & her baby.