Sept. 5th – sad anniversary

JAK &TOUZO were 2 orphaned chimpanzees we rescued and who were killed in the 1st arson we went through in 2006. Someone put fire in the night room were the babies were sleeping: 3 managed to escape the flames, 2 died…

*JAK burnt to death in his sleep while TOUZO crossed the flames and left us a few days later because of the heavy burns he had…

These 2 orphans were tragically taken from us and, despite our grief and the insecurity we are facing ith our mission of saving apes, they both gave us more strength to achieve our mission: rescuing chimpanzees.

Today, 12 years after this arson, our pain and sorrow are still deep and hard to bear! I can’t find the words as I really regret they are no longer with us…

JAK &TOUZO, you are both still in our hearts!

=> Read more about this tragedy which represents the early beginning of our story :


The Rangers of JACK

Since the 2013 arson, our sanctuary is hiring  armed Rangers to ensure security of the complex, of the team and of course of the chimps!


Yes, remember, since JACK started in 2006, the sanctuary faced several acts of sabotage among which two criminal fires who cost the lives of two orphan chimpanzees: JAK & TOUZO.  

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Saving wildlife isn’t easy! Rescueing apes isn’t always a way of getting good friends even if the rescued primates have been legally confiscated by DRC Environment offcials and handed over to us! People over here are lawless. And because trading chimpanzees brings in a lot of money, the so said “owners” from whom the primates have been taken are very often very angry, look for a scapegoat and believe JACK is responsible for all their hardships.

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Therefore security of the sanctuary had become a priority! So, since JACK is working with its partner, the I.C.C.N.  ICCN(Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature), we asked this local institution to help us protect its rescued patrimony.


This is how Georges & Nkulu, two Rangers, have quit their job in the local National Parks and started working with us at JACK. At first, they were 3 Rangers, but one of them,André, left us in 2015.


Last year, there was an unwelcome visitor at night at JACK and Ranger Nkulu didn’t manage to catch the intruder…

But recently, another unexpected visitor entered the sanctuary at night and was caught by Nkulu. The young intruder was handed over to the Police. He said he didn’t want to harm the chimps nor ruin anything. He said curiosity only had brought him to enter at JACK…

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We are very happy JACK has these two Rangers! However, hiring them represent a lot of money and we are extremely fortunate one of our sponsors, who wants to remain anonymous, has accepted to provide security at JACK by covering all the fees (salary, food & transport) of Georges and Nkulu! If we didn’t have this wonderful sponsorship, JACK wouldn’t be able to afford the Rangers and they wouldn’t be part of our team…

Many thanks to  Nkulu & Georges for their work at JACK and also many many thanks to our anonymous sponsor without whom there won’t be any security at JACK!


unwelcome visitors

Stressful times here at the moment at J.A.C.K…

Yes, last night, keeper Yannik saw a torch glowing in the night. Light beams are easily to be seen at J.A.C.K. since we haven’t yet power every where at the sanctuary (we hope to get funds from our sponsors this year to put electricity all over our complex!).

Yannik fortunately was with the Ranger we are hiring to ensure J.A.C.K. day & night security. Together, they slowly and silently walked through the bush to where the unknown visitor was. They noticed the man was alone and that this time he was looking inside the night rooms of the Nursery group. The chimps apparently didn’t move nor shout according to what Yannik reported…

Our team decided to remain hidden in the bush to see what would be happening next. Then, suddenly, the unwelcome guest whistled as if he were calling others. The Ranger than immediately charged his machine gun because he knew the visitors would hear this alerting noise. The visitor ran and our team ran behind him but couldn’t go too far: they know they have to remain within the security perimeter of our complex and that they have to stay close to the chimps… So, the unwelcome guests disappeared in the night while Yannik and the Ranger patrolled and patrolled till sunrise…


Ranger watching chimps at J.A.C.K.

Today, we are worried. Why was that person at J.A.C.K.? Why was he looking inside the night rooms? People who follow us know we have twice been through sabotage: during the first sabotage, two chimpanzee babies were murdered and in the second sabotage we partly lost our education centre… So far, no criminals have been found for these terrifying acts…Since the arson of 2013, two Rangers work at J.A.C.K. to protect the chimps & the team and we really hope Ranger Nkulu managed to permanently dissuade the unwelcome visitors last night…

Dear friends, this is all too bad and scary… it would be extremely catastrophic J.A.C.K. went through tragedy again…

J.A.C.K.  rescues chimpanzees from the bushmeat trade and from the exotic pet trade.

J.A.C.K. is a sanctuary, a chimpanzee orphanage and not a legal entity entitled to put people into jail…We don’t have the legal power  to confiscate wildlife – only the DRC Ministry of the Environment has. So, because we rescue all these traumatised and abused souls, poachers and traders probably believe we are the ones who have to be punished for stopping their trade…

We need your prayers to bring and keep security at J.A.C.K.!

Please send all your positive thoughts to the chimps and to J.A.C.K. ! We are extremely worried…

Thank you for THEM!



Arson again at J.A.C.K.!

Dear Friends,


Several weeks ago, we had a huge fire at J.A.C.K., a criminal act aimed to harm our sanctuary.

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Yes, just before the arsonist(s) set fire, he (they?)  intentionaly broke the main water pipe of J.A.C.K.  twice ( the pipe that provides the whole centre with water) to be sure the team won’t be able to put out the fire with buckets.

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 The fire started at 3 a.m. on September 7th at our brand new education centre. Because of the dryness of the season, the flames spread very fast and we were extremely lucky the wind wasn’t blowing as the arson would have reached the night quarters of our main group and kill its 22 residents. We have had luck in our bad luck: no humans, nos chimps, no bushbabies suffered from the arson and although there was no water at the taps, buckets of water were taken from a small river close to the education centre.

07.09.13 (8) Huge branches of very fresh leaves also helped  stop the flames – at about 7 a.m. the fire was totally under control. Two of our education huts have been destroyed  and the surrounding little forest we have at J.A.C.K. partly burnt down. 07.09.13 (26) Authorities and police were called on post to evaluate damage and to start investigation. There are still no answers on who the arsonist is/are? and for what reason someone (people?) want to harm J.A.C.K., its borders, its sanctuary, its action….  Since the arson, J.A.C.K. is now hiring two armed  ICCN rangers from DRC national parks in order to provide security at the sanctuary.   07.09.13 (30)

Franck and I were completely down : such event was a very hard  since it reminded us of JAK and TOUZO who left us in a criminal fire  exactly 7 years ago (Sept. 5th, 2006!)  Strange coïncidence!

We contacted our main partners as well as the sponsors of our education centre to tell them the sad story and we deeply thank the PASA commitee for its promptness in providing urgent aid for the sanctuary to rebuild its education centre. We also thank IPPL for having started a campain to collect funds to bring financial support to J.A.C.K.

We wish to thank  Su and Greg too for their quick response in finding solutions to help face these terrible event and we won’t forget the immediate intervention of 5 good friends of J.A.C.K. living in Lubumbashi who gave a hand that day in cleaning the site and in assisting our team at the kitchen to give our borders somethng like a ‘normal’ day after that tough and stresful night! Thank you Fabienne & Mirko, Sandrine, Anne and Lorenzo! J.A.C.K. really appreciated the work and the wonderful things you achieved this day in particular!!!

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Of course we will keep you updated on the reconstruction of the education site and we will let you know should results come out of the  investigation that is going on.

Roxane & Franck/ J.A.C.K.