As mentionned several months ago, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation has been helping J.A.C.K. since 2009 and thanks to its precious support & trust, our Sanctuary has been able to achieve great and wonderful things for our chimpanzee and bushbaby boarders!
In 2015, the French Foundation decided it would support the building of a Jungle Gym for the Nursery Group as well as develop our green house.
The Jungle Gym actually looks more like a three-storey-tower (5m high, 3m large). Each level is made of platforms which provide the chimpanzees with shelter from both rain & sun. The tower is completely made of metal; a material we were obliged to use as experience here so far has showed us local termites are extremely voracious and that no wooden structure even resists!
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation also participated in our green house project. Yes, remember, we need to provide 120 to 150 kgs of food daily and the green garden helps us give the chimpanzees fresh food.
Our green house is located at the boundary of J.A.C.K. and next to the Zoo of Lubumbashi. Several crops unfortunately were stolen because the walls that border our limits were broken or didn’t even exist any more at some places. Therefore, we decided to use the 2015 grant to rebuild and strengthen the walls.
Also, we would like to add some barbered wire on top but this will hopefully come in 2016 with more support from our donours as we need to continue to put security all around the complex!
Thanks to the wonderful aid of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, the orphan chimpanzees of the Nursery group now have some daily enrichment (Jungle Gym) and all the rescued chimpanzees can enjoy our ‘home-produced’ crops !
Dear Brigitte Bardot Foundation Team, know that your support is crucial to the well-being of the chimpanzees we have rescued from human crualty and that we feel extremely grateful for your help and trust!