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!
🌴Don’t expect to see very young chimpanzee orphans at J.A.C.K! Since 2014 no chimpanzees have been seen on sale on the streets of Lubumbashi and none have been confiscated by DRC wildlife officials in thi part of the country.
From the early beginning, the first aim of J.A.C.K was to do law enforcement and it seems the long years of tireless efforts have yielded good results. J.A.C.K managed to stop the trade in great apes in a city previously known as a hub in ape trafficking.
MATA is the very youngest chimpanzee residing at J.A.C.K . He is nearly 7 and is a little light of hope in this gloomy world of trafficking…
Tragic news for today, dear readers.
DRC authorities have just confiscated about 200 kgs of ivory near the Zambian border. The owners of the different parcels haven’t been arrested since they managed to run away.
J.A.C.K. is a sanctuary rescuing great apes. But J.A.C.K. main mission is to stop illicit trade of endangered species (death or alive) and to enforce wildlife laws of the DRC. Therefore, Sanctuary Founder and President Franck Chantereau was called by the authorities to help and provide them with some advice regarding this important confiscation which, to our knowledge, is the LARGEST IVORY CONFISCATION ever made in Katanga Province, South Democratic Republic of the Congo!
When at the High Court, Franck Chantereau undoubtedly witnessed the terrible slaughter. Together with state agents he opened different parcels and counted not less than 100 elephant tusks which had been cut and hidden in boxes together with 116 cow horns – a common technique used by the traders to lure officials at the borders.
The Governor of Katanga, the Vice Governor of Katanga and the Public Prosecutor of the Republic attended the tragic evidence and firmly condemned this horrible slaughter through local TV and Radio. They also warned anyone dealing with such fraudulous activity!
J.A.C.K. Sanctuary has been greatly thanked for its support.
And for Franck Chantereau it has been an oppotunity to congratulate all participants concerned as well as to deeply deplore the slaughter of about 50 elephants that would have ended in jewelry items on Asian markets!
Will there ever be an end to all that killing?
It’s been several years now J.A.C.K. suspected the city of Lubumbashi had become a transfer point to dispatch ivory to the world. This confiscation has proven the trade really exists and we do hope this legal intervention will help dismantle other mafia-style networks!
We have no words when seeing all these tusks. All these lives lost for money, how can people act like this and just ignore they are destroying our planet? Today we are only somewhat satisfied that these parcels will never reach their destination!
Yes, dear Friends of J.A.C.K.,
Our sanctuary welcomed a new orphan the day after Kala’s passing. Late in the afternoon a man came at the gates of our sanctuary with a young female chimpanzee. He came to hand over the chimp at J.A.C.K. as he had been trying to sell the primate for weeks and weeks in Lubumbashi without success. No one dared buying the chimp. In Lubumbashi people know these creatures are endangered, must be protected and not eaten nor detained in homes. So the man rather came to hand over the chimp as he was afraid it would die.
The baby was previously named ‘Shakira’ and the ‘owner’ had come with it from Kalemie (East Katanga) in order to sell the baby primate in Lubumbashi. The fact no one wished to buy the chimpanzee is a huge step forward for J.A.C.K. : it means our education action is working at each level since as well as DRC locals as well as expats refused to buy the young ape! DRC environment officials and police were called on post and the baby got legally confiscated from its ‘owner’.
Since Kala had just gone, we decided to name our new little friend ‘KALY’. She is about a year and a few months old, she is a bit dehydrated and malnutrished but she’ll be fine. Kaly has already adjusted to her new life, she gets on well with everyone of the team and vocalises a lot with the other chimps at J.A.C.K. She is still isolated from the different groups.
We will keep you updated,
It was a huge surprise to hear that Dr Ian Redmond was coming for a short stay in Lubumbashi and that he intended to visit J.A.C.K. !
Franck and I were filled with emotion when showing him the sanctuary. Our visitor was impressed by all we have achieved so far regarding chimpanzee rescues as well as regarding law enforcement. Remember, when Franck and I started J.A.C.K. 6 years ago, you could find apes for sale on the streets and markets of Lubumbashi and surroundings. Today, no new chimpanzee has been reported in Lubumbashi since baby Vida was seized by Lubumbashi environment authorities in June 2010 and , as far as we know, no more apes have been smuggled through the Zambian border to be exported to different parts of the world. This means the action led by the DRC authorities and J.A.C.K. is essential in the process of stopping the trade of apes in Southern DRC.
Also, Dr Ian was very interested in hearing the stories of our hairy residents and in seeing each and every border of our sanctuary. He loved the green garden which he found was a wonderful idea. He really liked our education center and wished to spend a night in the volunteer camp which is still being built!
Thank you again, Ian, for your visit but also for your interest and friendship! It was a real pleasure having you at J.A.C.K. !
Do you remember “Chibo”, the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued 2 years ago in Lubumbashi?
“Chibo” was kept on a farm here in Lubumbashi and the day J.A.C.K. rescued the primate it was to send it to the bonobo sanctuary of Lola ya Bonobo in Kinshasa. This is how “Chibo” stayed a few weeks with us in Lubumbashi before he was flown to Kinshasa to meet others of his own kind.
Today, 2 years later, Shibombo (he was renamed by Lola) is doing great and left the nursery group about 6 months ago to join the older bonobos of group 3.
Yes, Shibombo had become too strong and too tricky to stay with the little ones and that is why he is now in a group of 10 bonobos with whom he is getting on well. His good friend is Moyi, the son of chief Tshilomba.
We thank the team of Lola for having given Shibombo the best present ever which is the chance to live in a group with other bonobos. We miss “Chibo” a lot but we are extremely happy to see him doing so well at Lola and if he is happy, we are happy too!
This is a lovely story to end year 2010.
End of last week, someone called Franck saying he had a man in his car with two very small chimpanzees. In less than 10 minutes Environment inspectors + the Minister of the Environment were aware of the situation and ready to come to confiscate both chimps. Franck and I were sick and cross: two more chimps, all that slaughter again and again…
Upon arrival, things turned out to be completely different! Even the Environment inspectors who had jumped in emergency into our car started laughing: the two primates weren’t chimps but very tiny baby baboons….
What a relief! Believe me! But we were still upset because the mum of these little ones had just been killed for her meat and the man was selling the babies as pets! We were worried about the future of these little ones because we had no place for them at J.A.C.K.
Franck asked the Zoo of Lubumbashi for advice. The Zoo is also at full capacity and no enclosure was available for the baboons. But finally, it was decided to give the babies a chance and to introduce them to a mummy baboon of the same species that had been isolated for weeks because of eye cataract.
To put the little ones with her was the only solution. So, the Environment inspectors started the legal confiscation procedure while Franck and I were trying to introduce the new comers to their surrogate mum and… all went well!
Yes, the young female accepted the two little ones and the babies went immediately into her arms!!!
Today, the babies are still with their mum and we feel very very happy for the 3 of them: the female is no longer alone and the 2 little baboons have now safe and strong arms to protect them!
Well done everyone and many thanks to the Zoo to have given the babies a second chance and also thank you to all the people who participated to this rescue ….
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
BONNE & HEUREUSE ANNEE A TOUS !
- baby on the back
I hope you are all well!
Here is the end of this long story!
August 2010– Grant asked J.A.C.K. if it was alright to take the two babies.They contacted Lwiro as well but because we had exchanged so many emails and telephone calls, they wished to send them to Katanga, Southern DRC, where we live…
The problem was to fly them over to us. Kisangani is far and the only way to travel is to transit through the capital, Kinshasa. But even though the little ones would have been accompanied by Grant or Jurie, this represented a long long journey for the babies and Franck was already thinking of getting help from all the friends J.A.C.K. has in Kinshasa.
Then, in September, Grant announced us the company he’s working for, Jindal – DRC /Jindal Minerals & MetalsAfrica Congo, was ready to sponsor the rescue operation by chartering the plane of the company to fly from Lubumbashi with a crate to Kisangani, get the babies and come back on the same day. This of course was wonderful news and a wonderful idea as it reduced a lot of stress and anxiety to the little ones.
But things weren’t that easy: the most difficult part was to have the paperwork done to confiscate and to transfer the apes to Katanga. So, thanks to the Katanga Minister of the Environment, Dr. Felix KABANGE NUMBI, and his colleague, the Provincial Minister of the Oriental Province, Ir. Jean-Claude ESUKA ALFANI, paperwork got done and the rescue operation could start!
Meanwhile, Kim and Tom were doing extremely well and were enjoying life on the campsite. Tom’s arm had still some infection and pus was coming out now and then. Grant and Jurie decided to transfer them as soon as the babies were physically and mentally ready to fly and to settle in a new place.
October 3rd 2010– ready to take off!
Yes, thanks to the kindness of the JINDAL Company and of its DRC Manager, Mr. Ramesh, I was invited to fly to Kisangani in order to fetch the little ones. To J.A.C.K. it represented a new step because our small NGO was going to meet the Environment officials of the Oriental Province and start working with them. Remember, I last time mentioned the report of Thurston Cleveland HICKS stating this province is home of what is said to be the last biggest population of wild chimpanzees….
Grant was waiting for us at the airport and so were the representatives of the Provincial Minister of the Environment. Once the plane got refueled and documents handed over to me, Kim & Tom were set in their crate and we flew back to Katanga.
In Lubumbashi, Franck was at the airport with the Environment officials who had asked local TV to cover the event.
When at J.A.C.K. we all were very excited to open the crate and to get the babies in their new environment. Both Tom and Kim had been very quite during the long journey and were doing well. It was a good thing Grant had come with us to introduce them to their new place.
The next morning, Papa Augustin interacted immediately with the new comers… and thanks to our keeper’s attention and patience, these new babies are now adjusting. X-rays of Tommy’s arm will be organised very soon as to know exactly what’s going on as infection is still present!
These babies have had the opportunity to be saved by Jurie and Grant. You both did a great job and again I can say that we are very proud of what you have done!
Also, Mr Ramesh, You and your Company have done a wonderful gesture and we thank you all for the trust you have placed in us! We are happy we have met you and we promise we’ll do our best to give these babies all they need!
With Tom and Kim arriving it means we now have 35 chimpanzee orphans we take care of at the sanctuary. Because of the bushmeat and of the pet trade, our DRC forests are emptied on a daily basis and we, sanctuaries, will not be able to help all these poor orphans if you keep your eyes closed. So, please, talk about this plague, make people aware about the bushmeat trade, organise fund raising events to support sanctuaries, train your children and your friends to protect wildlife… we need your help as we can’t do everything by ourselves!
Think about this and TAKE ACTION NOW !!!
Dear Friends of J.A.C.K.
This time, I’ll talk about two chimp orphans rescued last May not far from Banalia, at about 210 kms from Kisangani in an area where it is said the largest population of wild chimpanzees still remains (Dr Thurston C. HICKS 2010).
Jurie and Grant are two South African friends working for a huge company in the middle of the DRC forest.
Baby Kim arrived to them last May. Her mum had just been killed for her meat and both the baby and the meat were offered for sale on the campsite on the same day.
Kim was traumatised, lost, dehydrated and Jurie decided to save her. Which he did perfectly well!
Then, a few weeks later, another baby chimpanzee arrived on the campsite. When both Jurie and Grant were about to refuse the second chimpanzee, they changed their minds as they noticed the baby had had a pellet gone through its right arm.
In addition to this, the rope the baby had around his hips had cut deep into his skin and infection had already started … Grant and Jurie decided to give Tommy the chance to live and took the new comer with them.
J.A.C.K. had already heard about these two infants because Jurie and Grant had contacted us for help and advice once Kim arrived in May 2010. And when Tom came on the campsite, urgent treatment was needed to save the little one. J.A.C.K. vet Jean-Claude and myself did our best to guide Jurie in the different treatments that had to be done and thanks to Grant’s mum who is a vet, Grant managed to give the little one all the medical attention he needed…
It took some time, plenty of love and patience before Tommy gained strength and started using his hurt arm. Jurie and Grant did a wonderful job and we can all be proud of what they have done!
But Jurie and Grant were still worried: what would happen to the little ones when they’ll leave DRC? Who would be ready to look after them???