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…


Follow our chimp residents

JGI supports a building project for the chimps of Nursery 1

Our fury family has been very lucky this year to count on the great kindness of the JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE in order to finalize a... Read More "JGI supports a building project for the chimps of Nursery 1"

Our residents do start a great weekend!

🌿HOLIDAYS ARE NOW OVER as September has just started. However, our chimp residents don't care since every single day is made to play!! Once the... Read More "Our residents do start a great weekend!"

International Primate Day

On Sept 1st, we celebrate both big and small primates. Nearly 2/3 of the primate species are classified as THREATENED by the IUCN Redlist. Today,... Read More "International Primate Day"

Africa & Lynn know how to hydrate themselves

Temperatures are increasing and our chimpanzee residents love to hydrate themselves at the different ponds we have built on their playgrounds. Chimpanzeess in the wild... Read More "Africa & Lynn know how to hydrate themselves"

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