Sania in quarantine

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.


One orphaned chimpanzee and two bushbabies handed over to J.A.C.K.

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





Rescue of primates – works continue!

Thanks to the great kindness and trust of wonderful people and organizations, our sanctuary has managd to build 2 of the 4 satellite cages. More works are on progress as we also need a small kitchen, water, electricity, jungle gym, etc.

Rescue of 25 primates: works continue!

Thanks to the beautiful generosity of amazing partners and donors, our Founders have been able to launch the works to built 4 huge facilities to accomodate the 25 coming primates.

Today, 2 of the facilities are nearly ready – the roof will be fixed in the coming hours.

Many thanks again to the incredible institutions who make this challenge come true:

Dear Partners and Sponsors, thank you again for everything! Without your support, J.A.C.K. wouldn’t be able to achieve all this!

Thank YOU for THEM!

The works to host the 25 monkeys have started!

So far, J.A.C.K. sanctuary has always been home to chimpanzees.

However, the latest known issue of primate traficking didn’t leave Franck  Roxane, the Founders of J.A.C.K.,  untouched and they decided to rescue these poor creatures that were smuggled from the DR Congo and stopped/confiscated at the Zimbabwean border on their route to South Africa, and most probably China… These monkeys are endemic to the DRC – they have to return to their home country and live nowhere else!

While negociations were ongoing between the wildlife authorities of Zimbabwe and of the DR Congo, J.A.C.K. had to find funds to build the most appropriate facilities for the 25 monkeys.

Thanks to the valuable support of PASA and of several donors and partners, Franck and Roxane managed to launch the first steps of this brand new construction project.

For the last 10 days, the team of artisans used to work at J.A.C.K. ( bricklayers, welder, plumber, etc.) has indeed worked hard to make this adventure come true. The monkeys are meant to arrive next week, so we keep our fingers crossed everything will be fine!

See below the evolution of the works: from October 28th till today, November the 7th.

J.A.C.K. is extrememly thankful to all the people who have been involved and who are still involved in this rescue! It is a good thing works can progress daily!

Also, J.A.C.K. still relies on your generosity as providing shelter to wildlife is one thing; but  to feed it is another thing! Join the fundraiser of J.A.C.K. and provide these monkeys with all that they need!


Imminent rescue of 25 primates

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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April 6th is a special day

Yes, the first chimpanzee Franck and I ever rescued was baby JAK and he arrived in our lives on the 6th of April 2006 – 12 years ago!

Today, 12 years later, although JAK was assassinated in this criminal arson of September 5th 2006, this first baby we rescued is still among us. His sad depart made our will to help these creatures stronger. We created our NGO and many other members of JAK species were rescued thanks to J.A.C.K.. Also, the illegal ape trade in our town has been stopped for about 4 years noW as no new chimpanzees can be seen on sale on the streets of Lubumbashi.


If we hadn’t met JAK, our lives wouldn’t be like it is today!

The team had a yummy Birthday cake and some soft drinks on this particular occasion and I felt o happy to see my team so happy and proud of what has been achieved so far! They all are part of the adventure too and Franck and I are grateful for our team’s love and wish to take good care of our rescued friends.

Franck & Chibo 7 years later

CHIBO est the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued in May 2010 and sent to LOLA… 7 years later, Franck and CHIBO meet again: the bonobo seems shy, hesitating but then starts interacting with Franck as he probably recognises the person who saved his life…

VIDÉO – J.A.C.K. à LOLA YA BONOBOCHIBO est le jeune bonobo que J.A.C.K. a sauvé en mai 2010 et a transféré à LOLA… Retrouvailles 7 ans plus tard avec Franck: CHIBO semble timide, confus et finit par interagir avec Franck car il reconnaît celui qui lui a sauvé la vie…——VIDEO – J.A.C.K. at LOLA YA BONOBOCHIBO est the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued in May 2010 and sent to LOLA… 7 years later, Franck and CHIBO meet again: the bonobo seems shy, hesitating but then starts interacting with Franck as he probably recognises the person who saved his life…

Posted by JACK – Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga on Sunday, 17 September 2017

2 new steps for baby Mata

Mata is doing fine and is slowly recovering from all the trauma he went through before arriving at J.A.C.K.  He is eating well, has put on weight but has however  lost a lot of hair probably because of the bad conditions he had been kept in a few months ago. His fur is now hopefuly growing back, which is a good sign!!


Maman Angeline is taking good care of him. Mata has become extremely playful with more selfconfidence than before: he doesn’t want to have naps any more as he wants to play and play and play all the time!!

DSC08438 This is the reason why we decided Mata would spend his days at J.A.C.K. We can feel he is ready for new experiences and being at J.A.C.K. is important since he can see, hear and smell the others. Mata vocalises a lot when he hears the other chimpanzees but he also shouts on the big noisy ones!!  This is a new step for him which makes him understand he isn’t alone! Angeline regularly takes him for walks through the forest and Mata keeps on watching and observing each and everything! 2014-06-19-1517 Another good thing is that Mata now likes to drink milk (he refused milk for nearly 3 weeks!) and to have a milkbottle with a teet (which he also refused several weeks ago!). However, there is still a little problem: Mata  can’t hold his botlle in his hands and has found a Plan B  : he lays the bottle on the table  to drink his fruit juice very easily! Very clever, Mata! 06 - juin4 Maman Angeline is doing great too and she is happy to be with the team again at J.A.C.K.! Her body isn’t sore any more and she is just as fit as before – a real miracle!!! DSC08441