Ekolo’s selfie


the best stick

PICTURES OF THE DAY – to hunt for honey, little Rosie always spends time selecting the right stick!


Mata back with the others!

Great news for today: baby Mata is healthy and well again and is now back with friends Kaly & Luna!


We are so relieved as we had a hectic and sleepless week last week. Mata was so down he refused any food nor drinks and we were afraid dehydration would be an extra issue to deal with!


Today, he is again very playful and Luna & Kaly are so happy to see him back; especially Luna who groomed him for hours and checked every single part of his little body! Luna was too happy!


Again we would like to thank our friends who sent us their positive thoughts and encouragements. It was very kind of you!



9 years!

Yes, dear Friends, it’s been 9 years today since we rescued the first chimp ever confiscated by DRC officials in Southern DRC. Nine years of good times but also of bad times and we thank you, our Friends, sponsors & donors, for having been around during all these years. You have been helping us financially, but you have also given us moral support – which is worth gold!

Thank you all, dear Friends, sponsors & donors, for your Love, Trust and Friendship!




Happy Easter

joyeuses pâques

because THEY also deserve Easter treats

Most of the chimps have had flu for the last weeks (rainy season, humidity) and because our Sanctuary is facing huge veterinary costs, we hope you can help the chimps by buying THEM the fresh fruit THEY need to gain the vitamins after antibiotic treatments.

We have set up a donation page for you to read in case you might be able to help THEM recover and get Easter treats in the coming days.

EasterThank you!!!

You did it!

Y E S !!!!!!

At J.A.C.K. we are all convinced baby Mata received all your positive thoughts and prayers since he’s now trying to eat and to move. His respiratory issues have slightly disappeared, fever has now totaly gone and it seems his body is less sore…. Thank you all so much for caring about him and for sending him all your Love! Mata is very lucky he had you all to go through that terrible flu problem. Also, the team wishes to thank you too for the kind words and encouragements which kept us working and believing Mata would feel better soon!

Here are some very recent pictures of Mata… hehas gained his lively look again which makes us believe he’ll soon be very well and healthy enough to go and play with friends Kaly & Luna!



This is such a relief to us all…. Thank YOU all for HIM!



Mata not well

Updates on the flu we’ve recently talked about:

Tommy and Luna are doing a lot better. Although they are still coughing badly, fever has gone and both are now eating well and playing again.


Kaly was slightly flu-virus-infected: fever started one night and disappeared the next morning! Kaly still has  a runny nose and is still coughing… but if you look at the pics taken this morning, she’s extremely playful again!!


Only baby Mata is giving us so many worries. Maybe because he’s so young and so vulnerable, the virus is getting him down completely: he’s lethargic without any intrest in food nor drinks. He has severe respiratory issues.


At J.A.C.K., we don’t have a place where keepers can stay with very sick youngsters. Therefore, I decided to bring Mata home for day and night observation. Maman Angeline is staying and helping me during day while I take care of Mata at night…

You can imagine how stressful this situation is and we do our best to give Mata the best!

I’ll keep you updated,

Please, keep Mata in your thoughts!

Thank YOU for HIM!


postponed integration

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!

We’ll keep you updated,




enrichment = amusement

Enrichment toys can provide a whole lot of amusement too!!!