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Remember months ago, DOGUY , one ofour young males, had his right eye removed. A Spanish vet, Dr IDOIAGA Ainare, came for the surgery that was completely sponsored by PRO WILDLIFE and by some PASA donors.

When removing the eye, Dr Ainare noticed the other eye was sick too and insisted upon having different tests to check the evolution of the disease on the remaining eye. It took some time to find the appropriate equipment and person to carry out these very particular tests. Finally, a Congolese Doctor decided to help – the results of the tests were not positive: Doguy had uveitis and a growing cataract!

Since the results came out, DOGUY has had all the necessary treatment and has been closely followed by both Dr Ainare and the Congolese Doctor. The young chimpanzee is still under medication today and will be sedated again in the coming days to check the progress of his eye.

Many, many thanks to our two devoted Doctors! We keep our fingers crossed DOGUY’s left eye in on the mend!

3bd Architects offer and deliver full architectural services including feasibility assessments, outline & planning applications, construction design, construction inspections and contract management. Also, 3bd are architects based in Bristol currently involved with projects in the U.K, Tunisia, Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr KALUBA Mbachi is one of the 3bd architects. He regularly stays in the DR Congo and very often gives a volunteer hand at our Sanctuary.

Since J.A.C.K. 2017 main development project was to build a Veterinary Clinic, Mr KALUBA immediately offered his experience and time to draw the architectural plan of the future construction! Adviced by two vets, Dr BINEMO (J.A.C.K. DRC vet) & Dr PETIT from the ZOO of LA PALMYRE, Mr KALUBA designed a building made of 5 rooms (theater, Nursery room, pharmacy, lab and necropsy room) attached to 4 rooms to isolate sick chimpanzees.

Thanks to Mr KALUBA’s work, our sanctuary managed to budget the project and to submit it to its donors and partners. In a few months, and thanks to the wonderful trust of its donors,  funds were sent to J.A.C.K. and the first brick of the building was laid in May 2017!

Today, the building is finished and extra work needs to be done: tiles must be set, all the electricity and plumbery systems and, of course, vterinary equipment must be purchased!!

J.A.C.K. Sanctuary , its team and its ‘furry’ residents wish to tell 3db and Mr KALUBA how grateful they feel for this wonderful donation! It is like they made J.A.C.K. dream come true!

Mbachi and 3bd Architects, thank YOU so much for THEM!

The day EKOLO arrived, he was immediately introduced to TOMMY & NALIA who were in quarantine. Since then, the 3 of them have been best friends!

7.30 am – 1st feeding time of the day with Maman Angeline, Ngoy, Alain, Isaac & Elie

Maman Angeline, Roxane & Ngoy

Elie & Isaac

Alain, Ngoy & Maman Angeline

Pro Wildlife is a German organisation which, since 1999, defends several wildlife causes (elephants, bears, apes, rhinos, wales, etc) through NGO’s working all over the world.

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Today, Pro Wildlife decided to help J.A.C.K. 36 chimpanzee orphans and has kindly sponsored Dr Ainare’s journey (flight tickets +all vet supplies) sothat she could work on some of our residents who needed important and/or urgent vet care.

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There indeed were different vet issues at J.A.C.K.  :

(1) Doguy has had eye problems for years (uveitis). Both eyes were sick: the dead one was removed last Monday and the second one needs very particular attention!

(2) Young male PADDA has one testicle and an ultrasound scan had to tell us if the second testicle existed and where it was located. No testicle has been found, so no surgery took place for PADDA;

(3) DIAN needed an implant

(4) Young PASA had his upper mandibula slightly broken and small pieces of bone came out of the upper side of his right canine;

(5) MAYA is regularly going through anemia and weight loss. Dr Ainare wanted to focus on her case!

This morning we sedated young friend TONGO who has had several absceses for the last two months and more updates on him will follow as his case is exceptionnal…

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J.A.C.K., its residents, Franck & I do thank  Pro Wildlife for its priceless support! Without this sponsorship, our sanctuary would not have been able to bring all these veterinary needs to its rescued orphans. Also, J.A.C.K. wishes to thank Dr Ainare for her time, her experience and her determination in helping J.A.C.K. ! You all rock!!

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PICTURE OF THE DAY – Pundu is the 3 biggest male of the nursery group!

PICTURE OF THE DAY – It seems our young orphans are extremely focused on getting the treats out of the fake termite mound

Sedating one chimpanzee, is one thing. But to anesthetise all the 37 residents of our sanctuary is a huge and expensive task!

As a member of the PAN AFRICAN SANCTUARY ALLIANCE (PASA), J.A.C.K. has to conduct regular health checks on its boarders to examine if they are healthy and if they are growing well.

Three assistants from Europe had been asked to come over to help J.A.C.K. volunteer vet, Dr BINEMO. Unfortunately, Dr IDOIAGA from Spain didn’t get her DRC Visa and couldn’t attend this very particular event that had been scheduled since October 2017 already.

So, Manon and Lyna were the two volunteer guests to be part of J.A.C.K team. Health Checks took place from April 24 till April 29. About 5 to 6 chimpanzees were sedated and examined daily. The event had been cautiously organized by founder Roxane; each and every member of the team had his individual part of the job to achive. J.A.C.K. keepers helped a lot although they had to do their daily duties as to maintain the chimpanzees’ routine.

PASA ED, Mr. TULLY Gregg, and PASA team organised a fundraiser to collect donations for J.A.C.K.. This is how, thanks to the wonderful particpation of PASA and its great donors, J.A.C.K. managed to rent vet equipment (scan), could proceed to descaling of the chimps’ teeth and rent a vet theater for a specific surgery (eye removal). All the anesthetisers, the reverse drugs, the implants and the TB tests have been kindly offered by French zoo ESPACE ZOOLOGIQUE DE ST-MARTIN-LA-PLAINE which we kindly thank too! A huge donation offered by a valuable sponsor, Mr Pierre THIVILLON, who has been supportng J.A.C.K. from the early beginning in 2006!

Although extremely nervous, all the chimpanzees of the sanctuary collaborated. Some were of course very anxious while others didn’t care…

J.A.C.K. team did a wonderful job as our keepers had to maintain the chimps’ routine in addition to their participation in the health exams…

Again, we would like to thank Mr Gregg TULLY  (E.D. of PASA) ,the PASA team and super donors for their valuable support!! J.A.C.K. wouldn’t have been able to achieve these important health examnations without THEIR support!

 

A lot of work again today and we were happy to welcome a friend of mine, Dr Jackie, who has adviced me for years on veterinary issues and who had never worked with chimpanzees before… Jackie spent just a few hours with us and was glad to experience health checks with my team.

All our patients did well and are doing fine!

Pictures of the day:

  • Lynn asleep

  • Papa Ngoy carrying Maïka

  • Vida having her teeth cleaned

Again I would like to thank my wonderful team as well as the students of the Lubumbashi schools who joined us today.

Also, many, many thank to Dr Jackie for her interest and support! It was great having you around!!

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Maïka has apparently not found smaller sticks to hunt for treats in the fake termite mound

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