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!

 

J.A.C.K. – a precautionary lockdown

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…

 

Angeline chimps’ mom

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Maman Angeline has been the surrogate mom of all our rescued orphans. Today, as J.A.C.K. has stopped the trade in Great Apes in this part of the DRC and since J.A.C.K. hasn’t had any newcomer for several years, Maman Angeline is still the chimps ‘mom’ and mainly cares about their tummies as she is in charge of the kitchen. Thank you, Maman Angeline!!