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On March 31st, the so expected decision of the DRC Wildlife authority (ICCN) was announced: for the coming month and from the second April on, J.A.C.K. will be totally locked down as a result of the so many precautionary measures that are being taken by the government to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Kinshasa, the capital of the DR Congo, is already infected and so are cities of a few other DRC provinces. No Covid-19 cases have been really confirmed in Lubumbashi and this is why the ICCN (DRC Institute of National Parks) and J.A.C.K. Founders decided to anticipate. Remember: this is a brand new virus and we don’t know what impact it can have on chimpanzees…

ICCN Provincial  Director of Greater Katanga, Mr MUIR Robert, came at the sanctuary to share his decision. J.A.C.K. is no longer allowed to accept visitors and its personnel has been asked to stay at the complex with the chimpanzees. The ICCN Rangers ensuring the security of the sanctuary have to stick to the same rules. And both Founders, Franck and Roxane, have been asked to take good care of the teams staying at the centre as they are the only ones allowed to enter the place to provide food and equipment.

The Rangers and J.A.C.K. team were aware of this decision and had accepted the lock down of the sanctuary. The Founders provide them with food, have bought items for their accomodation (matrasses, mosquito nets, buckets, cooing  ustensils, etc), have offered weekly airtime for the workers to call their families and athey were also given a bonus to store food for the families. This decision represents a huge sacrifice for all of them especially in these very particular times (disease, growing insecurity due to increasing prices, etc).

More updates to come soon – thank you for following us…

 

🌿GROOMING is essential to create strong social bonds and to ease tensions in a #chimp group

🌴FROM THE EARLY BEGINNING OF THE SANCTUARY in 2006 and since their very young age, our 2 kids have been our greatest supporters!

🌴Our ‘big’ boys are hunting for yummy peanut treats hidden in the high grass

https://www.facebook.com/JACK.CHIMPS.CONGO/videos/294713054828444/

🌴ENRICHMENT – Tommy shows how to build a nest and how to get treats from a cardboard box

https://www.facebook.com/JACK.CHIMPS.CONGO/videos/181890043097952/

🍃YUMMY GUAVAS just harvested by keepers Ngoy and Jeremy! Our chimps are lucky today!

 ON FEBRUARY THE 14th, LOVE will be celebrated!

Offering the sponsorship of a chimp orphan would be a very special present as it would be totaly different from the traditional flowers, jewelry, perfume… Sponsoring a chimpanzee will for sure be unique for your partner and represent great support for the young orphan rescued from the bushmeat trade!

Tommy, Luna, Nalia and their friends are waiting to become dear to your heart
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ARMED RANGERS AT J.A.C.K are important as fighting the trade of endangered species doesn’t always bring you friends! Many thanks to the DRC wildlife authority (ICCN) for giving us Rangers and many thanks to IPPL to help us provide the best to the two Rangers!

Our keepers are used to hide pieces of fruits (vegetables or other festivities) into our day areas !

It looks like Vida found some of these little hidden surprises, and doesn’t hesitate to taste it all in the high grass for more tranquility 😄

Today, our volunteer Julie is preparing a nice surprise to our chimps!

It is important for our chimpanzees to receive enrichments, which allows them daily to have fun and make discoveries.

Thank you Julie, they will LOVE IT !

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