This end of March we wanted to share great news with you: the integration of babies Kaly and Mata, the latest chimp orphans rescued by our Sanctuary.
However, a terrible flu has prevented us from introducing them to their future group thus postponing the whole integration process.
Kaly and Mata have adjusted well at J.A.C.K. and have gained in strength, self-confidence and weight since their arrival at our Sanctuary.
This is the reason why we could feel Franck and I that these two little ones were ready and both physically and mentaly strong enough to meet members of the Nursery group. So far, they have met Maïka, Kimo. Luna & Tommy are currently sharing their facility for further chimp interactions.
Mata is coughing badly, has some fever but is still playing, eating and enjoying his milk bottles.
Kaly was slightly coughing yesterday and loving (as always!) Karine’s enrichment treats!! Bad fever started last night – we’ll see what today brings.
Tommy and Luna were not well at all – especially Luna who has had fever for 2 days and who was completely exhausted and down because of flu. We really hope today will be okay for the 4 of them. Having sick chimps always gives us sleepless nights…
Integration of Mata and Kaly can wait a few more weeks – we want them to be healthy again to meet the group; some others can be very bully ones, so Kaly and Mata must be strong and well!
Several weeks ago we said corn was the only crop we could harvest these days in our green house despite heavy rains.
This morning, we harvested about 49 kgs of ears of corn and aproximatively 70 kgs of corn leaves and sticks. Of course, the chimps were extremely delighted as their open air playgrounds were covered with corn and leaves… we managed to have some pictures to show you these special moments:
Since a few of our friends are publishing pictures of their visit and/or stay at J.A.C.K. we would like to add extra information regarding volunteering at our Sanctuary.
So far, J.A.C.K. has started building part of its volunteer camp and more works and money are needed to finish the whole camp. This is the reason why we can’t currently accommodate friends from abroad and why we haven’t started our volunteer program made of friends coming from abroad…..
However, people living in Lubumbashi and wishing to give a hand are always welcome ; this is why Karine is working with us these days before her departure in midth of 2015.
PICTURE OF THE DAY – enrichment of the environment is necessary to captive animals. This is the reason why our current local volunteer, Karine, is using her artistic and all her do-it-yourself skills to improve everyday’s environment of our hairy friends. Colorful items and shimes are regularly hung all around the open air playgrounds to keep our friends’ attention.
Many thanks Karine for your time and forall that you do!
PICTURE OF THE DAY – young female Maya was rescued 8 years ago. Sha was the pet of a Congolese family and was confiscated by DRC Environment officials of the city of Mbuji-Mayi. She is one of the first rescues our sanctuary made in an other DRC province.
PICTURE OF THE DAY – Vida is the name of a little female chimp who got recently very sick (flu outbreak). Today she is doing a lot better and know that Vida is known to strike poses… this is the ‘Vida-attitude’ !!
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