don’t touch my treat!

PICTURE OF THE DAY – little Ekolo defending his ice treat as chimp Pasa (right) is trying to steal it from him!

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the good deal !

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Tika’s first mission after a good lunch = getting some shade to have a great deserved nap!


8 years at JACK

PICTURE OF THE DAY – 8 years today that we rescued young friend JAC for this horrible trader who had put the poor orphan chimp on sale on one of the local markets… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, JAC!

jac 8 ans

too many

Many apes are currently captured, abused by humans and even abandonned. Some of these are known through Internet since people with a great heart fight every day to bring them the best.

However, other primates don’t have such guardian angels and remain forever in the dark. These are the ones I wish to honnor today. Yes, today I want to highlight these too many forgotten ones who suffered/are suffering so much and who disappeared/are disappearing without us even knowing about them…

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All have unique stories which in some ways look alike: taken from their mom, from their groups, these primate orphansusually fall into the hands of disrepectful and ignorant people who give them a hard time! Exhausted, malnutrished, mentally and physically affected most of them finally find relief in …death!

To show you it is still too hard nowadays to find THE solution to such terrific issues, let me tell you about a recent case: a baby chimpanzee has been kept for months in a small (smelly!) wooden crate and is hardly fed. Each time the orphan sees someone passing by, he shows the emply bottle to get some fresh water…

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What’s worst in this case is that, for less than a Dollar, any visitor is allowed to enter the crate and to stay with the chimp! Also, because the owner is making money out of this, he is going to get more chimps to get more money!

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It is clear that, as long as humans have in mind animals can be commercially exploited, things will hardly change! Now the question is: will there one day be an end to all this? when will apes stop suffering?

Ignorance kill and awareness today could be the only way to put an end to that slaughter. But how long will it last before mentalities change? Chimps are said to have less than 20 years left in the wild… therefore,  as great apes can’t wait till our younger generations grow strong and ready to protect them, it is important to work with adults, with people who have a direct or an indirect link with the safeguard of primates (authorities, hunters, poachers, traders…) !

Today, 21st of September 2015, is International Day of Peace and we all hope and pray these mistreated souls will one day live and enjoy the Peace they deserve!!!


Katanga International Tourism Fair

Thanks to the kindness of one of our good friends, Mr Isaac from Okapi Tours, our Sanctuary will be among the fair’s exhibitors at the first International Tourism Fair of Katanga. A short visit of J.A.C.K. is also scheduled on Sept 24th at about 4pm.


hide n seek

PICTURES OF THE DAY – this is beautiful Africa when she isn’t playing hide & seek with our camera!



bug bite

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Rosie’s cheek swollen because of a bug bite; it worsened but today she is doing a lot better!


when JAK meets PAL

PICTURE OF THE DAY – so many emotions when JAK meets PAL!

Yes, PAL is the first chimp rescued in October 1983 by Sheila & David Siddle, founders of the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (ZAMBIA). And JAK, as you surely know, is the first baby orphan chimpanzee saved by Franck & Roxane Chantereau, founders of our DRC JACK Sanctuary.

Why so many emotions? Since the early beginnings of Chimfunshi Sheila & David have always been Franck’s heroes. They have been his inspiration as he was dreaming of rescuing chimpanzees …


Today, Sheila still remains Franck’s heroine. He drove to Chimfunshi the other day and his visit was a huge surprise to Sheila since her daughter, Sylvia, had organised everything secretly with Roxane.

Many thanks Sylvia for this great stay and thank you again, Sheila, for your Love!!


J.A.C.K. chimp sanctuary South DRC

Here is the video of friends who visited us some years ago. The orphans and the complex have become bigger since then but the situation is still the same: great apes are poached in the DRC, J.A.C.K. managed to stop the illegal chimpanzee trade in Lubumbashi, the sanctuary lives on donations only, has reached full capacity as is longing for the promised state land to start a pre-release program…

Gone too soon

Gone too soon…
JAK & TOUZO, 9 years today!

If you don’t know the story of these little ones, here is the link: