J.A.C.K Sanctuary

J.A.C.K.   Sanctuary

J.A.C.K. Sanctuary

Lubumbashi, Upper Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Sanctuary

J.A.C.K., A SELF-FUNDED NGO WITH A TRIPLE MISSION Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K. – ‘young animals confiscated in Katanga’) is an independent, self-funded NGO that started in Lubumbashi (DRC) in April 2006. Run by ...

About us

  In 1960, there was an estimated one million chimpanzees in Africa. Today, hardly 172,000 to 300,00 are said to be left. About 40% of this remaining population lives in the DRC. Unfortunately, very few...

How to help

J.A.C.K. relies solely on your donations! J.A.C.K. can’t work all alone and needs your help. To take care of one chimpanzee costs more than USD 1500,00  a year and although we try to get local sponsors...

Why a sanctuary


Today, it is thought that nearly half of the chimpanzees living in the wild are  in the DRC. Unfortunately, although this Central African country has ratified CITES agreements protecting Great Apes more than 30 years ago, nearly no action has been taken in Southern DRC to protect them. Chimpanzees are still being poached, eaten and sold in the Democratic Republic of CONGO.  This species is soon to become extinct if awareness is not advocated to stop the trade!!!

Therefore, J.A.C.K.  Sanctuary  exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities. J.A.C.K. indeed works with the DRC Ministry of the Environment to enforce laws regarding wildlife and endangered species. Where would all these poor and traumatised souls have gone after being legally confiscated by DRC Environment officials? If J.A.C.K. hadn’t existed, ape trade would have continued and so many apes would have perished in the last 15 years…


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Will Kaly share with Zumba?

Chimpanzees seldom share - especially when it is about food... but sometimes, you can be very surprised!! Kaly is eating her favorite food (potatoes) and... Read More "Will Kaly share with Zumba?"

JAK, 15 years already!

It's been 15 years that Franck and Roxane rescued JAK, the first chimpanzee with whom all their story started! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to our Founders! Read More "JAK, 15 years already!"

They need YOU! They need us!

The pandemic and the economic crisis we are now facing make life very tough at the sanctuary. Building facilities is one thing. But our residents... Read More "They need YOU! They need us!"

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