The Problem
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The Problem
The Solution
The Future

🍃HALF A TON OF SUGAR CANE is what 34 chimps eat in 15 days! Thanks to the kindness of great donors, we managed to offer these treats last Saturday. Thank you Valerie, Oliver, Esther, Eric and Lisaanne for caring so much about them!

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity; it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”

—Agatha Christie

Mata and Ekolo came closer to the camera just to say ‘hello’


ZAMBA has always shown signs of impatience just before feeding times. She has now turnt into a beautiful chimp adult qualified in rolling overs😂

Today, our team focused on Jane’s sedation. Her contraceptive implant was changed and she had a general health check. Jane is doing great and is now back in her group. Many thanks to our team for this wonderful job!

🦋HAPPY EASTER and happy Sunday all. We send you vocals of happy chimps to let you know you are in our thoughts in these very special times. Keep strong and stay away from the awful virus 😙




14 YEARS TODAY WE RESCUED “JAK”, the first chimp ever confiscated in the Katanga Province. “JAK” was assassinated in an arson. However, although Franck & I spent only a few months with this young primate, “JAK” gave us the strength to continue the fight to save his species… For years, our city, Lubumbashi, was a hub in ape trafficking. Today, no more chimps have been seen on sale on the streets for the last 6 years. A small victory we we won despite several threats, two arsons and the soooo many sacrifices we have been through during all these years… WE LOVE YOU “JAK”

On March 31st, the so expected decision of the DRC Wildlife authority (ICCN) was announced: for the coming month and from the second April on, J.A.C.K. will be totally locked down as a result of the so many precautionary measures that are being taken by the government to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Kinshasa, the capital of the DR Congo, is already infected and so are cities of a few other DRC provinces. No Covid-19 cases have been really confirmed in Lubumbashi and this is why the ICCN (DRC Institute of National Parks) and J.A.C.K. Founders decided to anticipate. Remember: this is a brand new virus and we don’t know what impact it can have on chimpanzees…

ICCN Provincial  Director of Greater Katanga, Mr MUIR Robert, came at the sanctuary to share his decision. J.A.C.K. is no longer allowed to accept visitors and its personnel has been asked to stay at the complex with the chimpanzees. The ICCN Rangers ensuring the security of the sanctuary have to stick to the same rules. And both Founders, Franck and Roxane, have been asked to take good care of the teams staying at the centre as they are the only ones allowed to enter the place to provide food and equipment.

The Rangers and J.A.C.K. team were aware of this decision and had accepted the lock down of the sanctuary. The Founders provide them with food, have bought items for their accomodation (matrasses, mosquito nets, buckets, cooing  ustensils, etc), have offered weekly airtime for the workers to call their families and athey were also given a bonus to store food for the families. This decision represents a huge sacrifice for all of them especially in these very particular times (disease, growing insecurity due to increasing prices, etc).

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🌿GROOMING is essential to create strong social bonds and to ease tensions in a #chimp group

💝 SEKI WAS RESCUED 12 YEARS AGO – he is one of our biggest males of the main group and is always full of energy! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, my boy!

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