Several months ago, we shared wonderful news: IPPL and their sponsor, the Arcus Foundation, had offered J.A.C.K. a substantial donation to launch the first steps of J.A.C.K. education center: the construction of two hut-shaped-buildings were offered thanks to their generosity. The two education huts have already had a great success; visitors do like them!
Today, and thanks to the 2012 grant of IPPL and the Arcus Foundation, our sanctuary has been able to build another education hut (the thrid one), and a fourth is already planned for the coming weeks as the whole complex must be operationnal by June 2013 !
This new education building will be teaching visitors on primates generally speaking and also on monkeys of Africa & of Madagascar. One board will introduce the main theme of education hut 4: the Great Apes.
Again, just like in the other education huts, colourful boards are painted to attract people’s interest. Moïse is the artist who has been working with us since the early beginning and he has become a real expert in drawing primates !
In the middle of the hut a huge concrete gorilla is being built. Felix, the artist we are now working with, has been given the real measures of an adult silverback which will for sure impress our future visitors!
More has to be done as you can see. At first, works were stopped because we had water issues (need water to prepare concrete) and today we are stuck because of heavy rains… But it seems the rains don’t prevent visitors from coming at our sanctuary… Remember, J.A.C.K. charges no entrance fees and is among the few places where Conservation is being taught for free…
Everything will be finished in the near future and we are convinced the two new education buildings will have as much impact on our visitors as the two first ones…. The third education building was inaugurated last week (although not completely finished!) and all the visitors were delighted with the big gorilla, the drawings and the Conservation messages.
All that beautiful work wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors! Thank you again IPPL and the Arcus Foundation for your wish to participate into our action of saving endangered species!
Thank YOU for THEM!