Sania has got an important appointment

We were in a hurry the other day as baby Sania had an important appointment!

Non, no, no…Sania is not going to meet a boyfriend nor any other chimp friend of the sanctuary. Before doing so, she absolutely must undergo a short sedation so that the vet can get blood samples.

So, sorry for the not so good news, but the important visit is to see the Vet of J.A.C.K., Dr Christian!


Sedation went well and the Vet managed to get all the needed tests done for her to be no longer isolated from the others.

All the blood work is fine and Sania is now ready for the next challenge: meeting another chimp! We are so happy for her! 


2019 Health Checks

Every year, health checks take place at J.A.C.K. All the residents of the sanctuary are sedated, blood is drawn, fecal and urine samples are taken (if possible), chimps are weighed, their limbs are measured,etc. Health checks are long moments of stress for the chimps AND for the team as each step of sedation must be made carefully!

This year, J.A.C.K. decided to ask for some assistance. The chimps are getting tall, heavy and it is always interesting to share this experience with friends longing to attend the event! This is how 3 European friends came to help out (2 vets + 1 ethologist). Also,  J.A.C.K. had the chance to welcome Dr Calvi  (Chimfunshi Wildlife orpahange – Zambia) to guide our vet, Dr christian, through the different health check procedures.

Another vet, Dr Theo, was invited to attend the health checks: J.A.C.K regurlarly gives the opportunity to local vets to assist Dr Christian sothat they can gain experience with great apes.


Of course, J.A.C.K. team of keepers was very helpful too! They all helped to transfer the sedat individuals to and from the clinic, they stayed next to them until the woke up completely and all the keepers had their routine still going on for the residents who were not darted that day… All the logistic part of the event was run by Papa Ngoy, our head keeper, and by Roxan, co-fonder of the sanctury.

Every person involved had his/her own schedule so that each sedation takes place in the best way; the whole team worked in harmony.

After several days of hard work, the first results of the analyses came out and most of them were good. A few issues such as anemia and urine infection had to be dealt with, which was done immediately by J.A.C.K. vet, Dr Christian.

Once all the sedations were finished, the volunteer assistants flew back home and life got back to normal at the sanctuary.

Many thanks to these volunteers and to the team of JA.C.K. for their interest, love and professionalism.


Many, many thanks to the INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE  who offered the needed hypodermic equipment (darts and needles) for this particular event. And, also, J.A.C.K. is grateful to the MINNESOTA UNIVERSITY for its sponsorship regarding some analyses that were carried out and regarding Dr Calvi’s journey and stay in the DRCongo.

Finally, we wish to thank all the Friends of J.A.C.K. sponsoring its residents. Any contribution goes straight to the care and the well being of the sponsored chimpanzees!!




Sedations of Seki & Tongo went well !

Many thanks to all of YOU who sent Seki and Tongo positive vibes this morning! We had a long and stressful day for both the chimpanzees and our team. We are extremely lucky all went well: our residents were very calm and Seki even made me a manicure and a special grooming of my hands and arms while waiting for the vet…

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We psent most of the time with Seki since one tooth had to be removed: for several months, the gum had created like a bubble of skin in his mouth thus hiding a sick and broken tooth. Our volunteer vet, Dr Binemo, had no other choice than to extract it as it soon was going to provide further pain and… infection!


Tongo’s case is a bit different: for about a year, this young male has had multiple abcesses in his neck. Last year, his two sick upper central incisives were removed and we thought this was the source of all that trouble.

Unfortunately, 6 months later, more abscesses started and pus samples, after analyse, were said to be ‘sterile’. Today, more samples have been taken and the wound was deeply cleaned. It is more than urgent we find the best treatment for Tongo: these abscesses are painful, makes him scratch them all the time (thus creating more infection!) and Tongo has lost some weight (not sure if there is a link or not?!)…


Seki and Tongo are now back in their night rooms and will be isolated for a few days for observation. I will keep you updated!



Very busy days

VERY BUSY DAYS since some of our residents needed the help of our vet, Dr Jean Claude.

MAYA had a little cyst on her left arm, PASA’s upper right canine was removed (badly infected), AFRICA, MAÏKA, BAPU & ELIA had new implants and, because ELIA has back issues, we did an X-Ray.

We are extremely grateful Dr  Binemo is helping J.A.C.K. orphans. The vet is actually a volunteer at J.A.C.K. and we are lucky to have him!

Also, the vet always comes with 3 assistants; this is a way for J.A.C.K. to spread awareness regarding great apes and the threats they are living daily in the DRC. Also, Noëlle, Elisabeth and ben are being trained to work with chimpanzees!

Before we end we also would like to thank our sponsors who care about the above residents of J.A.C.K. Their monthly sponsorship helps our sanctuary face obstacles like these !


Tongo, sedated – again!

TONGO is the young chimpanzee male who got regurlaly sedated in 2017 because of abscesses in the neck. Thanks to Dr Ainare’s intervention of last September, we thought the ape finally got rid of these skin issues as she removed both rotten central upper incisives from where the infection had probably spread through the ENT system.


Unfortunately, early May, TONGO developped a new abscess again underneath his right ear.

Therefore, our vet, Dr Jean Claude, decided to sedate TONGO to draw some blood, clean the abscess and take an X-ray of the chimpanzee’s head. All results were negative … TONGO’s health is an issue and we are still working on his case with vets Jean Claude & Ainare…

Also, each time our volunteer vet comes at the sanctuary, J.A.C.K. allows him to bring assistants or vet students to get used to work with great apes. Having his asistants with is a way for vet Jean Claude to spread awareness regarding the sad faith of this species in our DRC forests… These days, Jean Claude’s assitants are Elisabeth, Noëlle & Benjamin.

Thank YOU all for your good work!


Health Checks part 2 thanks to Pro Wildlife!

First Health Checks took place last April and were sponsored thanks to the wonderful support of the PAN AFRICAN SANCTUARY ALLIANCE and of the French zoo ESPACE ZOOLOGIQUE DE ST MARTIN LA PLAINE.

However, some important veterinary interventions weren’t done: one of the vets, Dr IDOIAGA, didn’t get her DRC Visa and therefore vet acts had to be postponed.

To proceed to this second part of J.A.C.K. health examinations, a German wildlife charity had been sollicitated. This is how PRO WILDLIFE accepted to pay for all journey expenses of Dr IDOIAGA as well as for all the needed veterinary drugs and equipment.

The 3 important vet interventions were the eye removal of young Doguy (eye sick for years), the removal of upper central incisors of TONGO (too much infection!) and the check of PADDA’s testicle (he has only one).

All operations went well and the chimps recovered very fast thanks to the great work of Dr IDOIAGA. Only PADDA didn’t go through surgery: we couuldn’t find the second testicle inside the abdomen (scan) and the vet decided not to check further as she is convinced the testicle doesn’t exist.

We are grateful this second step of the Health Checks could take place as the opreated orphans really needed special help! This has been possible thanks to the wonderful kindness of PRO WILDLIFE and we really, really thank Mrs Sandra, her team and donors for this valuable support!

Thank YOU all for THEM!

Final steps of 2017 J.A.C.K. Health Checks

Last April, 2 great volunteer Friends of J.A.C.K.,  Manon et Lyna, came from Europe to help out during J.A.C.K. 2017 Health Checks. A 3rd person was meant to fly over, Dr Ainare Idoiaga, a Spanish vet but she never rea hed Lubumbashi since she didn’t get her visa to enter our coutry… So, our team made of our DRC vet Dr Jean Claude Binemo, de 2 girls and myself had to work without her and the 2 chimps who urgently needed surgery didn’t get any…

Left to right: Lyna, Vet Jean Claude, Roxane & Manon

After weeks (months????)  of waiting, the Spanish vet  F I N A L  L Y got her DRC visa and the best time for her to fly to J.A.C.K. was in September. On the 2nd more precisely. Yes, she arrived…. yesterday!  And Ainare isn’t the only special guest currently at J.A.C.K : the manager of LWIRO Sanctuary (DRC), Mrs Itsaso, also arrived  yesterday for her 1s visit at J.A.C.K. !!

Left to right: (top) Franck & Christian from LWIRO (below) Sandrine, Ainare, Roxane & Itsaso

Well, now the vet has arrived, it also means serious vet work (and stress for me!) is on the agenda for the coming week : Monday and Tuesday the 2 important surgeries will take place and more important things will have to be done before Ainare’s departure on the 9th . I’ll update then. So far, let’s enjoy the visit of our Spanish Friends…

Talk back soon