Rainy days (1)

QUESTION : Elia, what is your favorite activity when it’s raining outside and that you have to remain indoors?

ELIA’s ANSWER : I love watching the keeper when he’s cleaning our night facilities and, by the way, I wish I could steal that floor scraper from him to have some fun!

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Happy Anniversary, Maya

PICTURE OF THE DAY – 9 years today that we rescued this young chimpanzee. She lived in another city (Mbuji-Mayi) in a kind family where she was kept in good captive conditions…Today, Maya is a very calm, curious and extremely sensitive…

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Little Mata loves milk!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – baby Mata loves milk and enjoys every drop of it!

Thank you, dear Adopters

Yes, today, JACK would like to say a special ‘THANK YOU’ to all the Friends who are part of the adoption program.

Our sanctuary looks after 39 chimpanzees aged between 3 and 13 years old, which represents a lot of work but also high costs! To cover food, veterinary supplies, wages of our 8 workers + different taxes, we need about $ 2,000/month. You can now imagine how tough and hard it is for an NGO to collect such amount every month and how precious donations are!!

Therefore, adopters’ support is also crucial to the well being of the orphans and there is no word to express our gratitude as, thanks to the adopter’s Love and Interest, we can provide these rescued chimp orphans with the best care!

Dear Adopters, thank YOU all so much for your support! Your adoptions represent a lot to THEM and we hope you will be able to help your adopted chimpanzee friend(s) again in 2016!

Thank YOU for THEM!

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Thank you, dear Members, Partners & Donors

NGO’s like JACK can’t live without support. Donations, sponsorships and memberships are essential to the development of the sanctuary and Franck & I are extremely grateful to all of YOU who have been part of our fight in 2015!

Your trust has indeed allowed us to improve our complex and to provide the orphans with better living conditions. Security has now been enforced and it is obvious we wouldn’t have been able to achieve all these great things without YOU!

Thank YOU ALL so much for caring about JACK. We really hope YOU will still agree to be part of our action in 2016!

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Mata imitating Kaly

PICTURES OF THE DAY – Chimpanzees work a lot through imitation and, in the wild, they are very young when they learn how to build nests. Most of the rescued chimpanzees at JACK unfortunately don’t know how to build nests. Taken too early from their mom, from their group, they lack all the basic stuff they should know. Therefore, some of them do observe the few ones who know how to bend branches & leaves properly and they try on their own. This is the case of baby Mata: he is keeping a close eye on Kaly (nest- building expert!) and he tries to imitate her… Mata’s results aren’t that bad, but he needs to practice a bit more

Thank you, Kaly, and well done, little Mata !!!

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updates on our Christmas fundraising

Remember, early December last year, we launched a fundraising appeal to collect money for a Jungle Gym for the chimp teenagers group of JACK.

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Today, we can say that the total amount ($5,524) to build this huge play tower for Chita and his friends has been collected since JACK fundraised along with its French charity  “Les Amis de JACK”  during the latest Festive Season.

YES! JACK is extremely happy this project will come true! The Jungle Gym is a high play tower which will not only provide enrichment to the teenagers group but it will also protect them  from the harshness of the climate (blazing sun, heavy rains) by offering the chimpanzees some shade and shelter . The sanctuary intends to start the constructions very soon and will, of course, share pictures and updates.

new jungle gym

Again JACK and “Les Amis de JACK” would like to thank the different Friends who have given all their trust as well as their precious financial support to make this dream come true. Remember, JACK lives on donations only and relies on the generosity of its Friends to provide its boarders with the best care!

Many, many thanks to:

  • Carole V.  who launched the fundraising event in France together with our Charity “Les Amis de JACK”;
  • the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust and its Board members who decided they would be part of this Christmas event for the chimps!
  • our great Donors whose aid was crucial : (in alpabetical order) Alexandra G, Amy M, Andrew & Candy G, Carine LT, Catherine H, Corinna MS, David S, Eva C, Francesca B, Geneviève H, Harry H,  Jean-Charles D, Julie B, Karim M,  Louise Q, Lyna R, Marc H, Mireille F,  Oliver T, Sébastien M, Suzanne M,  Valérie L, Valérie S, Véronique T, et Wanda H. 
  • one of our adopters who has been following JACK sanctuary for so many years: Marie-Odile L. Her love for her adopted friend MAYA has no limits and Maire-Odile therefore decided she would help the sanctuary finalize this playground project!
  • our wonderful Friends from all over the world who organized/participated to events  to support JACK:

      => Lucette P (France)  who participated to 2 different Christmas events jointly  organised by shop managers Mr & Mrs Kahn from MEDOR & Co

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=> Patti C  and her sister Gail (USA) who attended 2 different Christmas crafts  fairs and sold their handmade necklaces.  Usually assisted by Gail,  Patti has been supporting our sanctuary for years now and her gorgeous necklaces have a great success and do help our chimps too!


       => Joanne P (Australia) who created a fundraising event in her country to help Chita & his mates get the Jungle Gym.

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The building of the play tower should not last more than 10 days and we of course will keep you updated !


Dear Donors, without your precious support JACK wouldn’t be able to give its orphans the best!

So, thank YOU again and again for THEM! 


Bapu back in her group

PICTURE OF THE DAY – great news for today: BAPU is now back with the others of her group! She is still coughing a bit but all is okay for her for now…it is such a relief to us to see her feeling well again and we would like to thank YOU ALL for your positive thoughts & prayers! they helped Bapu a lot!!


some improvement for Bapu

PICTURE OF THE DAY & UPDATES ON BAPU – we are very happy as some Belgian friends of JACK sent us a parcel full of drugs which will help us with Bapu. There are some improvements today regarding the young female: she moved a bit this morning and also had fresh fruits for breakfast… many thanks for all your positive thoughts and prayers: we still keep our fingers crossed Bapu’s health will continue to improve!



Bapu badly sick

As mentioned yesterday, flu has started at JACK in the Nursery group and young female Bapu isn’t doing well at all…. she’s breathing badly, is feverish and refuses any food… Please, send her all your positive thoughts and prayers…Bapu really needs us all! Thank you for HER!