Hi Friends of JACK,
The « KIVU FOUR » are four chimps that have recently been seized by the Congolese authorities in the Kivu area.
End of January, Mr Doug Cress of PASA, contacted us saying there were 3 baby chimpanzees in Butembo (Kivu) and was wondering whether JACK would agree taking care of them or not.
Mavivi and Etaito
Without hesitation, Franck answered ‘yes’ under the condition that all the babies had the pertinent seizure documents….
This must be Etaito, sorry, I haven’t met her yet!
So, in a few days time and with the assistance of Samantha (thanks again, Sam!), a rescue operation financed by PASA was set up by I.C.C.N., ACF/Virunga, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF) and J.A.C.K.
Mavivi, for sure!
On Sunday 8th of February, carers Faustin and Thierry left Goma and drove Northwards in a I.C.C.N. car to Butembo where not only 3 babies were waiting them but a 4th one who was actually arriving from Bafwazende, not far from the Maïko National Park.
The Kivu Four arrived in Goma with carers Faustin and Thierry on February 12th. Since then, thanks to Samantha and ACF/Virunga, all the attention of different vets were set on these little ones and especially on baby Maïko who was very weak.
But, as most of you know already, exhausted and dehydrated, little Maïko didn’t make it and died on Saturday 14th… A sad, very sad day to all of us who have been working for days in finding ways and means to rescue the Kivu Four.
Why do people continue these crimes? Taking apes from the wild, assassinating a whole family for a baby that will – maybe?- die because they can’t take care of it? How many of these little angels have died on the road? in a train? in the back of a car? How long will these horrible things still happen? Will there ever come an end to that slaughter and trade?
We at JACK have decided to accept the Kivu Four because the place they belong to is the DRC. JACK has the obligation to help whatever the challenge is. But I can assure you that taking care of them won’t be an easy task! Of course, this will represent a lot of money and time and love and and and…
But we feel very desperate because 4 chimpanzees at a time means nothing is being done to protect them in Kivu, a Congolese province where most of the wild populations of chimps live in protected areas! It means that the trade is getting worse and that people keep on ignoring the fact that there are laws in the DRC protecting Chimpanzees!
JACK’s duty is to help all these lost babies. Although we are a young NGO, JACK is ready to take this challenge. But JACK can’t do everything alone. We need YOU! JACK needs people like YOU to support and to help stop that awful haemorrhage that is emptying our forests!
On our JACK Facebook Cause, we have started a fundraising goal for the Kivu Four. Please, donate for THEM !
Faustin & Maïko
Know that, although Maïko has gone, JACK will still name the group » Kivu Four » as he was part of it and because his story isn’t to be forgotten.
Before ending, I absolutely want to thank Samantha, Doug, Pierre, Eddy, William, Jean-Jacques, Thierry and of course Faustin for that great job!
I’ll keep you posted when they arrive next weekend,
Thank you already for what you can do for THEM!