The Problem
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The Problem
The Solution
The Future

J.A.C.K. started 13 years ago and the rescued baby chimpanzee orphans we rescued then have now turnt into strong and nearly adult chimpanzees. Since our sanctuary is located in the town of Lubumbashi, one of our priorities is to keep our complex secure and to keep the people living in the neighbourhood safe. Even if all our residents grew up close to humans,we will never know what their attitude will be in case they escape…

This is why last year the BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION accepted to start new developments in order to enforce the security of the open air enclosure of our main group (sub-adults).


Huge metallic “shields” have thus been bent and fixed on top of the walls surrounding the playground. It is Mrs Itsaso Velez del Burgo, from Lwiro (Bukavu), who showed us how to curve the metallic plates. J.A.C.K.’s welder built the curving machine and long weeks of hard work were awaiting him since welding, curving and fixing these heavy “shields” took a lot of time and energy!

Thanks to the priceless support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, J.A.C.K. managed to enforce the security of the enclosure of the group of sub-adult chimpanzees and also part of the playground of the Nursery group II.

These huge “shields” are a wonderful way to secure facilities and we all at J.A.C.K. feel extremely grateful to the Foundation for this wonderful support!

Of course, it would be better if our residents could be in the forest already, but since this point has not been clarified yet, we do the best we can to keep them healthy and safe.

Many thanks again to Mrs Elodie of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, to her team and donors for their trust, their help and for their wish to provide our hairy family with the best care!


The recent weeks have been quite hectic regarding climate. We have never seen such heavy rains and winds have never blown that much!! Roofs were blown away. Trees fell at several places of the town thus breaking houses and walls….

As a result, at J.A.C.K. , the main wall separating our sanctuary from a main city road collapsed and about 60m of the same wall were near to collapse soon as well. Therefore, the wall  had to be rebuilt at the soonest for security reasons since the broken wall was on open gate to any unwanted guests!!

J.A.C.K. has had the chance to have an emergency support from the PAN AFRICAN SANCTUARY ALLIANCE (PASA) to repair the wall very quickly. It was election times. You could feel tensions everywhere and people were afraid of total chaos…

Thanks to the PASA, construction could take place immediately to keep our chimpanzee friends safe from harm. The broken wall was located 51 m from their facilities only…

Unfortunately, later on, we had more wind and rains… This time, a tree fell on the same wall we had just restored …

We tried to remain very positive as, in our bad luck, we have been extremely lucky no people and no chimpanzees got hurt!

Also, during these tough times, we really appreciated the presence of the two armed Rangers who stood close to the broken walls and patrolled day and night! Thanks to the wonderful support of the INTERNATIONAL PRIMATE PROTECTION LEAGUE (IPPL), and since 2013, J.A.C.K. has had two ICCN Rangers (DRC wildlife authority) to keep the sanctuary and its residents free from danger!

Many, many thanks again to PASA and to  IPPL for their trust and valuable support! Your help made us feel less lonely in these gloomy days!!!


Are celebrated today all the great Rangers who daily protect their fauna and flora and I want to highlight all these brave Rangers who lost their lives when courageously protecting the patrimony of their coutry! MANY THANKS to ALL OF THEM!

At J.A.C.K., we have 2 Rangers of the DRC National Parks (ICCN) on duty day and night to ensure the security of our rescued chimpanzees but also of our team. Their presence is essential as J.A.C.K has been through criminal arsons twice for the last 12 years…

J.A.C.K. wants to thank its ICCN partner for providing 2 armed Rangers from the National Parks. Conservation and enforcing laws aren’t always easy and therefore security is needed at the sanctuary!

Also, J.A.C.K. wants to thank the International Primate Protection League for its annual sponsorship in covering all our Rangers’ needs (read more on :…/



PICTURE OF THE DAY – Big boy COCO loves to sit on top of the jungle gym with his feet dangling in the emptiness

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Despite the heavy rains, Georges, our Ranger, is ready to patrol!

Today, we would like to highlight the great and had work of our two Rangers: Nkulu and Georges who have been with us since 2013. The reason of their presence at J.A.C.K. is to ensure security. Both are Rangers from the DRC National Parks and have been sent to us by DRC Government to keep our team and hairy residents safe from harm. J.A.C.K. has been through tough and tragic times – this is why there are Rangers at the sanctuary.

Nkulu and Georges are sponsored by a US Foundation that wants to remain anonymous.

Dear Partners, knwo that we are extremely grateful for all that you do for our orphans as well as for our team – security is extremely important to all of us

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!


We have great news for today as some Friends of JACK, worried about the chimps’ security, have done their best to help out financially to enable us buy the needed materials to start fixing barbed wire on top of the walls located at the edge of our sanctuary.

Know that works have started thanks to your wonderful support. So far, 550 USD and 100 Euros have been collected; this is already a huge amount of money which is helping J.A.C.K. a lot!

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Many thanks to Cherie B, Eva C, Tania F, Kelly J, Patti C, Fran B, Tanis S, Wanda H, Oliver T, Véronique T and Valérie L  for their great support! Without your Love and wish to be part of this security project, J.A.C.K. wouldn’t have been able to buy and fix the first barbed wires!!!

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