At J.A.C.K., we had still some space left next to the green house to grow some sugar cane.
The project of growing one of the chimps’ favourite food started a few years ago thanks to the kind support of a friend of J.A.C.K., Mrs Sue A., who sponsored a plantation of banana trees, paw paws and sugar canes at the Sanctuary.
Sugar canes like water and the place we have next to the green house is very wet. Land has to be prepared first and the sugar cane is being planted on small humid mounts.
Then, once the sugar cane is blossoming, it means it is ready to be harvested.
J.A.C.K. had its first sugar cane harvest this year and nearly half a ton was cut for the chimps. This was a good start and next year more will be harvested from our sugar cane plantation since extra canes have been planted!!
Many thanks to Mrs Sue A. but also to our two gardeners, Bondo and Kasongo, for making this possible!
Mata was rescued last April by J.A.C.K. He was mentally and physically exhausted – Franck and I were scared he wouldn’t make it…
Today, 4 months later, we can say Mata has made a lot of progress and since he really longed to be with individuals of his own kind it was decided to make him meet two young chimp females: Luna and Kaly.
The two girls are just a bit older than baby Mata, but their relationship is now strong and Luna is now acting like a little mom to Kaly and to Mata ! Luna is doing an excellent job and we are happy she is able to do so despite her very young age.
Maman Angeline is still around and sees that integration is going on well. This is a complete new life for Mata and we are happy for him. He is gaining weight, strength and has now friends… isn’t that wonderful for him???
Remember, last February, we showed you pictures of the Nursery 2 Project which aims in building more night quarters for the growing chimp infants. We also mentioned works had to be stopped since no more funding was available. But we have been extremely lucky since an unexpected donation enabled us to continue the works.
YES! This wonderful news arose from the SWEDEN CHIMPANZEE TRUST which announced us, Ola BERGGREN and Tommy LUNDBERG, the two Swedish authors of “Ledarskap på apstadiet” (= `Apeology – evolution for managers and leaders’) whom we have already talked about in October 2010, had decided to grant again JACK with substantial funds they collected through the sale of their famous book. Ola and Tommy are both interested in leadership, the interactions between all members of the company in comparison with chimpanzee individuals interacting with members of their group. Their book is an incredible journey that brings you from the deepest forests of Africa to the modern life of our current hectic society. The world is full of books on leadership. Meanwhile the business world is crowded with managers seeking to emulate the successful behaviour of their role models. But what if they could more effectively increase productivity and profitability by imitating our closest relatives in the animal world? In this book, the authors study chimpanzees to help identify the innate human needs that form the basis of how we interact in the workplace and in the organisations. Genetically, we are 98,6% the same as chimpanzees. By observing our tree-climbing cousins we can regain a natural awareness of what makes people feel good and perform well in a group. The book was nominated for “Human Resource Book of the year 2010″ in Sweden and it was also published in Finland and Norway. But today, Tommy and Ola wish to go further. Since their book has had so much success in Sweden, they really want to have it translated into English. Would you know publishers ready to translate this great book, please contact us. Meanwhile, you can already have a look at the English Chapter Summary which will give you an idea of the book. Ola and Tommy sent their donation to our Sanctuary via the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust and more developments have taken place since last February. The money donated earlier this year enabled J.A.C.K. in building (1) the tunnel which links Nursery Area 1 to Nursery Area 2 and (2) the second night quarter which got built too nearly totally.
tunnel between the 2 nursery areas
night room 2 fixed
Again, J.A.C.K. wishes to thank Tommy, Ola and the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust for giving the chimps at J.A.C.K. the opportunity of seeing their stay at the sanctuary improved. Your donation has helped us make great things for the Nursery group and we hope these little hairy ones will soon be able to inaugurate their new territory.
Thank YOU for THEM !
We do a lot of recycling at J.A.C.K. as we lack plenty of things here in Southern DRC.
So, the new enrichment tool we introduced several months ago is…old socks filled up with treats (raisins, fruit, cereals) and hidden or hung on the different playgrounds!
Most of the chimps like these recycled items – especially Maïka & Elia who have become great sock experts! See by yourself
=> Filling the socks and displaying them on the playgrounds
=> chimps enjoying their enrichment tools
TIKA & DIAN
As mentioned previously, baby Mata goes now every day at the Sanctuary where he can enjoy life in the forest with his surrogate mom, Maman Angeline. Here are the first pictures of Mata climbing trees – he’s a real expert and he really likes to discover new experiences. Soon he’ll be introduced to Luna & Kaly – more pictures will come…
Mata is doing fine and is slowly recovering from all the trauma he went through before arriving at J.A.C.K. He is eating well, has put on weight but has however lost a lot of hair probably because of the bad conditions he had been kept in a few months ago. His fur is now hopefuly growing back, which is a good sign!!
Maman Angeline is taking good care of him. Mata has become extremely playful with more selfconfidence than before: he doesn’t want to have naps any more as he wants to play and play and play all the time!!
This is the reason why we decided Mata would spend his days at J.A.C.K. We can feel he is ready for new experiences and being at J.A.C.K. is important since he can see, hear and smell the others. Mata vocalises a lot when he hears the other chimpanzees but he also shouts on the big noisy ones!! This is a new step for him which makes him understand he isn’t alone! Angeline regularly takes him for walks through the forest and Mata keeps on watching and observing each and everything! Another good thing is that Mata now likes to drink milk (he refused milk for nearly 3 weeks!) and to have a milkbottle with a teet (which he also refused several weeks ago!). However, there is still a little problem: Mata can’t hold his botlle in his hands and has found a Plan B : he lays the bottle on the table to drink his fruit juice very easily! Very clever, Mata! Maman Angeline is doing great too and she is happy to be with the team again at J.A.C.K.! Her body isn’t sore any more and she is just as fit as before – a real miracle!!!
The last time we talked about flu and keeping the chimp indoors was because of the heavy rains we had several months ago.
This time, temperatures are dropping down terribly (especially at night and early in the morning) which keeps on reminding us we also have ‘Winter’ here in Africa! Day temperatures vary between 28° & 32° C, but, just to give you an idea, feeding time two days ago at 7.30 am was at 11° Celsius… Some chimps are sick, the most fragile ones : Tommy, Nalia, Ekolo, Luna and baby Kaly who are all in quarantine because of flu!
The littles ones have particular attention and care. Valentin, their keeper, checks their temperatures 3 times/day and provides special food and enrichment for them. This morning, he collected wild figs which they loved!
Hopefuly, the little chimps are still very playful although sick and we hope situation will remain like this as the month of July is usually the coldest!
Thanks to the generosity of two main donors, the International Primate Protection League and the ARCUS Foundation, J.A.C.K. has been given the opportunity to continue the works of developping its education centre.
Today, the education area is made of 4 hut-shaped-education buildings; each hut has a particular topic related to Conservation and to Chimpanzees.
Education hut #1 enumerates the threats great apes are facingevery day (habitat destruction, bushmeat trade, exotic pet trade, diseases) and what international/national solutions are brought to help save them;
Education hut #2 explains what a sanctuary is and why/how chimpanzee orphans arrive at J.A.C.K. A small puppet theater is attached to the building where kids can create their own conservation stories. This is the building that perished totally during the arson of September 2013 and which was totally restored.
Education hut #3 gives a general idea of monkeys and shows the difference between monkeys and great apes.
Education hut #4 talks about chimpanzees mainly: habitat, anatomy, behaviour, reproduction, food, using and building tools….
All these wonderful constructions wouldn’t have been possible without the trust of IPPL and of the Arcus Foundation and that’s why we again and again wish to thank both institutions for their attention and their wish to be part of the survival of South DRC chimpanzees.
Thank YOU for THEM !
A good friend of J.A.C.K., Corine, has just offered our sanctuary about 200 sacks of hay she had previously cut for her horse. Corine mentioned the hay had no more nutriments for her horse (too dry & too old) and because she knew we offer our hairy friends fresh and dry grass every day so that they can build their nests, she gave us all the hay she had left in her shed.
The chimps of course were extremely surprised to see such quality of bedding but it didn’t take long before they started building their nests!
Last night, baby Kaly apparently found the hay extremely comfortable to sit on and to have her last meal of the day before sleeping…
As previously said, it’s winter here and this wonderful donation will keep the chimps warm at night!
Many thanks, Corine, for caring so much about THEM !
J.A.C.K. is located on the land of the Lubumbashi Zoo not far from the city centre.
On the few hectares that have been allocated to the Sanctuary by DRC Ministry of the Environment, J.A.C.K. has started growing vegetables (green garden) as well as some fruit trees (paw paw, guava, banana, advocadoes, lemon, wild grapes) but it also has a small surrounding natural forest which is being preserved and highly protected by the sanctuary since J.A.C.K. wants to keep its endemic bush and trees. Some of these do produce a lot of wild fruit for the chimps, which is fantastic!
African winter has just started (12°C/53°F) and we are eager to see the winter fruit ripen very soon to please our hairy friends: bananas, paw paws, but also wild grapes and figs are on the coming menu and we are convinced the chimps will be extremely happy! So, in a near future, we will offer the chimps plenty of yummy treats which are produced naturally without any chemical products!