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...

Let’s make THE difference

J.A.C.K. relies solely on your donations! Located in the South of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, J.A.C.K. can’t work all alone and needs your help! To give you an example: to take care of one chimpanzee...

Why a sanctuary


The Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to a  great variety of endangered wildlife. Yet, poaching, wildlife traficking and bushmeat are the threats it faces daily.

Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.)  is a Congolese NGO which aims to stop all that wildlife trade through law enforcement and by managing a rehabilitation center. It focuses on apes and primates mainly and, because of its partnership with the DRC Environment authorities (Ministry of the Environment & ICCN), confiscated primates are handed over  to J.A.C.K. for rehabilitation and  future release.

In 2006,  J.A.C.K. was created to stop the trade in chimpanzees in and around the city of Lubumbashi. Today, J.A.C.K. has stopped ape traficking in this part of the DR Congo and now also concentrates on other primates (smaller ones) which are smuggled for their meat or sold to respond to the tropical pet demand.

Most of the endemic primate species of the DRC are in danger. This is the case of chimpanzees! It is thought that nearly half of the chimpanzees living in the wild on the African continent live in the forests of 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. exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities. Where would all these poor and traumatised souls have gone after being legally confiscated by DRC Environment officials?


Follow our chimp residents

One more slaughter

A whole family of chimpanzees has agaon been slaughtered on the outskirts of the Lomami National Park (LNP) has just... Read More "One more slaughter"

CHITA, one of the oldest chimpanzees at J.A.C.K.

Chita is the elder chimpanzee in the J.A.C.K. sanctuary. He is a chimpanzee who has been through a lot. He... Read More "CHITA, one of the oldest chimpanzees at J.A.C.K."

A SOS from the Bas-Uele

Local authorities from Bas Uele (north of DRC) have arrested some poachers with several species destined to trafficking. Between them,... Read More "A SOS from the Bas-Uele"

Highlight of 2022

The J.A.C.K. Rehabilitation Center had a year 2022 filled with experiences. A year in which we have experienced the good,... Read More "Highlight of 2022"

Follow our monkey residents


J.A.C.K. Rehabilitation Center and all its  red-tailed monkey residents would like to express their deep gratitude to THOIRY-PEAUGRES CONSERVATION for its... Read More "Thanks to the THOIRY-PEAUGRES CONSERVATION Foundation"

JOMBA, a new rescue

JOMBA is a blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) that was on sale in the streets of Lubumbashi. It was a taximan... Read More "JOMBA, a new rescue"

NADI the mangabey with fractured hips

NADI is part of the 20 latest primates  rescued and repatriated from Lodja. As explained earlier, some were more or... Read More "NADI the mangabey with fractured hips"

Rasco, a ray of sunshine

Today I am taking the time to write to you personally. My name is Roxane and I am the co-founder... Read More "Rasco, a ray of sunshine"

Mission LODJA 3 – a real success!

Great news for today! The 20 monkeys rescued and confiscated these last weeks by APPACOL-PRN arrived safe and sound at... Read More "Mission LODJA 3 – a real success!"

Ongoing transfer of 20 primates to J.A.C.K.

A few months earlier and thanks to the immense support of amazing donors and partners, 23 primates were transferred to J.A.C.K.... Read More "Ongoing transfer of 20 primates to J.A.C.K."