It is obvious 2020 isn’t a good year! Too many animals are being poached, slaughtered and rescued by rescue centers. It seems the situation is worse than ever and it is clear that, one day, Mother Nature won’t be as generous any more….
This time, we rescued an adult female chimpanzee – we named her Lulah
Lulah looks fine but only the bllod work and lots of observations will tell us in the coming days/weeks how she really is! (Sorry, the spelling of Lullah’s name on the video is not correct – small mistake!!
WORKS TO ACCOMODATE THE 25 PRIMATES CONTINUE – we are happy the 2 first satellite cages are nearly finished and ready to accomodate the 25 monkeys once they arrive at the sanctuary! These beautful works are possible only thanks to the generosity of:
Sania is the name of the latest chimpanzee orphan we have been handed over by the DRC wildlife authorities. She arrived last October. We estimate she is about 4 years old.
The primate baby was malnutrished and dehydrated. In addition to this, she was deeply trraumatised, feeling extremely lonely and was seriously affected mentaly. When she arrived, Sania never interacted, never showed interest in anything – even in food… To me, she had decided not to live any more because of the loss of her mom, the slaughter of her family and because off all she had been through.
Because the baby ape was so fragile and also because of the Covid pandemic, it was decided Sania would not go to the sanctuary to be monitored 24h/day at our house. Sania needed plenty of TLC and a peaceful place to recover both psychologically and physically. We had to work quickly – Sania had given up the fight and we had to show her she was in good hands!
Therefore, and since the day Sania arrived, Mama Angeline (our surrogate mom), Franck (my husband) and myself have been taking care day and night of our little newcomer. The sanitary protocol of the sanctuary has been implemented at our house too and we were all checked daily for fever, coughing or any other Covid related symptoms.
Despite her mental fragility Sania was fine and, during her Covid quarantine of 14 days, she didn’t show any health issues at all.
After one long week of patienceness, Sania started eating, playing, interacting and even vocalising with us! We were all happy to see Sania had finally accepted to take the second chance we were offering her in life – this sounded like a real victory to us against all these horrible traders and poachers who kill and destroy everything around them! Sania was now out of danger!
Also, since the Covid-quarantine was finished, we decided to bring Sania at the sanctuary so that she could understand she was not alone and that chimp friends were waiting for her. We have had several bushwalks already…
Today, it’s been 4 weeks Sania has been rescued and she is now spending her normal quarantine with us. Sania is a playful little chimp. She has gained some weight (2.8kg/ 6.17lbs) and if she keeps on progressing this way, she will probably continue her quarantine at the sanctuary next December.
I am so sorry to come back so late with the story of tis rescue. Some of you know how hard we are currently working on another rescue ; the biggest rescue ever mde of primates in Africa!
So, here is the story of the October rescue.
A month ago, a very important wildlife traficking investigation was led on a meeting point of traders at the borders of Congo and Zambia. After several days, it was discovered animals among (which endangered species) have been transitinf through this particular place before heading for South Africa and probably to countries like China..
This is how Mr Elie, our colleague who is also a police inspector from the criminal investigation of the Ministry of the Environment, drove back to the border with a team and a car of J.A.C.K. to confiscate a female chimpanzee and two bush babies (galagos)
The baby chimpanzee was kept in a meshed and concrete cage. When she saw our team arriving with the food we had prepared, she immediately found our people very interesting and got on well with all of them!
Frightened and traumatised, the busbabies (nocturnal prosimians) were in full sunlight and our team covered their cage with a tarpaulin while feeding them.
The different animals were put into the transport cages of J.A.C.K. and the car once all the legal procedure was done. A long journey was waiting all the team to reach us in Lubumbashi.
Tomorrow I will tell you more about our new residents. Stay connected
In September, a truck smuggling monkeys from the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa was intercepted in Zimbabwe on a route that some investigators believe is commonly used to traffic wildlife before exporting them overseas.
It’s been two long months now that these primates are being looked after by different organisations and people in Zimbabwe.
The Founders of J.A.C.K.congratulate the Wildlife Authorities of Zimbabwe (Zimbbwe Parks and Wildlife) for arresting the culprits and they also thank every single person involved who has brought appropriate care to these victims of the wildlife trade.
To the Founders of J.A.C.K., since these monkeys have originated from the DRC and are endemic to the DRC, their place is to be returned back to their natural origins!
Therefore, along with DRC Wildlife Authorities, J.A.C.K. has been working on their rescue with the aim the rehabilitate them in order to give them a chance to go back to their forests once they are grow older and stronger.
However, since J.A.C.K. is primarily a chimpanzee sanctuary, the Founders of the sanctuary have contacted their international donors and partners to build urgent facilities so as to accomodate these 25 monkeys at best.
In addition to this, a fundraiser has been set up: funds are needed to provide these survivors with decent food and with appropriate vet care . Also, a new keeper must be hired and trained – a person that will take 100% care of them!
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