J.A.C.K. is a sanctuary saving chimpanzees from the bush meat trade and also from the illegal exotic pet trade.But, to host these growing ape orphans, J.A.C.K. needs help for building and for improving facilities.
In 2012, J.A.C.K. started the Nursery 2 Project which is the development of a second nursery area with both a new playground and new night rooms. The project of the night quarter in 2012 was essentially supported by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation . The works weren’t finished; building facilities is extremely costly!!
Therefore, in 2013, thanks to (1) the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, (2) the International Primate Protection League and (3) the Born Free Foundation, J.A.C.K managed to continue what had been previously started and one night room is now completely built!
Foundations of two extra night facilities have been constructed t0o as well as the concrete floor of the futur tunnel that will link Nursery 1 to Nursery 2. Yes, playground of Nursery 1 (C1 on picture) will be linked to playground of Nursery 2 (C2) which will provide the chimps more space and extra shelter during cold and rainy weather! Also, in this way, the nursery group will be allowed to go from one playground to another and have more space to play and to stay!
But the Nursery 2 Project isn’t yet finished. Two more night rooms have to be built as well as the tunnel. This means that, according to donations, we will be again be very busy building and improving the sanctuary this year at J.A.C.K. !!
Again J.A.C.K. wishes to thank its generous donours for their trust and for their wish to give these orphans the best! J.A.C.K. wouldn’t be able to achieve all these important works without their wonderful support!
Thank YOU for THEM!
lucky bags filled with raisins,peanuts and almonds
The chimps hadplenty of lucky bags today!
Yes, once the treats had been displayed, rain started and ruined most of the enrichment items (lucky bags, carton boxes with fresh guavas inside) which had been set on the external playgrounds. It was too bad! Everything got wet and we started enrichment boxes and lucky bags again !!
lucky boxes filled with lucky bags and with fresh fruit (guavas & apples)
I therefore decided to take the lucky bags of the 2 last days of the Valentine Programe all together (160 yummy bags) and to hide again new items once the rain stopped.
Hopefully, we had some sun shine at that time and all our friends enjoyed their lucky bags!!
Many thanks again to Christine, Marc and Lucette who donated these yummy treats to the chimps! They really got spoiled today thanks to you!!
Again, great fun today!
This time, the chimps were offered huge blue barrels which were either hung or displayed on different places of the playgrounds. But when organising the huge barrels on the playgrounds , the keepers and I realised they were too high and that, once set close to the walls or wires, the chimps would try to escape…
Therefore, just before the gates were opened, we cut 3 barrels out of 5 in two smaller pieces so that the chimps would still be able to have fun and less be tempted to use their new toys as a way to jump over the fences …
See by yourself how the chimps played and played with the barrels…
Some even loved the nautral sacks that had been used to fix the barrels onto the swings and swung like Tarzan…
… then the wind blew and the sack flew onto Nalia’s face who seemed to enjoy this special moment … Rain started again and the chimps had to go inside again leaving their new toys behind for next time …
Many thanks again to Laurence, Alain, Carine, Catherine & Godelieve for these special items which have given sooo much fun to our boarders!!!
It’s been raining lots and lots for the last days (weeks !) and we were a bit scared to provide enrichment with water since flu has strikken again at J.A.C.K. and since some of our friends had to be kept indoors for observation and treatment…
But we were lucky today to have – at least ! – some sun shine!! The offered bowls and buckets were full of yummy things (guava, avocado & rice) and some had water!
No need to provide many explanations about what happened today, just look at the pictures and you’ll see that the bowls and buckets offered by Valentines Kelly J. Carine L. , Patti C, and Wanda H. entertained our young hairy friends and gave them so much fun!
Thank you Kelly, Carine, Patti and Wanda for this great surprises for the chimps! Again, they had such a ‘special’ day thanks to your Love and Kindness!
Today’s enrichment was completely different from the others: goodies (peanuts, pop corns,corn flakes and raisins) had been displayed on the external playgrounds as if it had been rainging treats!!!
Once the gates were opened, the chimps ran outdoor and stopped at different places to eat and eat and eat all what they found!! They were extremely funny because they walked, stopped, ate. And then again, walked, stopped, ate, walked, stopped, ate…
Elia again had the best idea: she had kept a little piece of cloth from the enrichment of the day before and she collected all the treats she found and ate her findings on her own high up in the tree. She is extremely smart! Bravo, Elia!
Again, the orphans at J.A.C.K. had great fun and had interesting and yummy things for enrichment. Thank you, NATALIE, for being part of the Valentine Program and for giving THEM special times!!!!
The chimps again, thanks to the kindness of one of their Valentines, were very surprised to leave their night quarters and to discover new decorated playgrounds!!!
This time, handmade bamboo mats were fixed all over the place providing the open air facilities a ‘new look’. And apples were hung everywhere as well!
Although our boardes are used to these natural mats, they were somehow a bit scared at the beginning since there were so many on their playground :). But when they saw the apples, Fran’s Valentine enrichment had no secrets any more.
At first, all the apples were eaten up. Some boarders even collected more than 1!
Finally, it was time to play with the mats, to ‘peel off’ any part of it…
This part of the enrichment lasted for hours. In the evening, when time came to get the chimp indoors for the night, some of them were still ‘working’ on their mats, peeling off slowly every single part of it!
The chimps had again great fun today and this was thanks to you, dear FRAN! Thank you again for caring about these orphans and for giving them special times !!!
Today, it was “lucky bag day” offered by our friend Chantal. There will be in total 4 days of lucky bag days since 3 more Valentines (Christine C., Lucette P. and Marc H) wanted to offer these items from our Valentine programme and this is the reason why, remember, instead of offering 7 days of ‘specials’ , J.A.C.K. will organise 10 days of treats!
It was Fabienne who hid the lucky bags in the morning and once all the gates were opened…
all the chimps could start hunting for their ‘specials’!!!
They had a great time and knew how to get the treats (raisins, almonds and peanuts) immediately . See by yourself :
Again, thank YOU Chantal for always caring about THEM !!!
Today, thanks to our good friends Chantal & Véronique, the boarders of J.A.C.K. were offered small plastic balls of different colours.
But before I tell you how the chimps reacted this morning when discovering their Valentine’ s enrichment, i have to mention that our two keepers, Eddy and Ngoy, were very very excited by the event since they were convinced the chimps would start playing socker! Hiding the little balls was a funny experience to our keepers who were building up socker stories in wich our chimp boarders were the main characters!
Finally, when the gates of the main group were opened, keeper Ngoy got extremely disappointed. He was expecting the dominant to collect the balls to play with but realised his built-up story had turned into the balls’ nightmare as Mwisho started peeling off the ball as if he were looking for a treat inside! Of course, the ball had a short life and once he had destroyed his toy, the alpha looked for another one! In this group, I dare say a ball’s lifetime is usually about 2 hours :(…
On the other hand, the nursery group usually has a totally different approachwith their toys: the youngsters know how to play and do keep the balls in good condition for a bit longer than the older chimps of our main group. The playing experts today were young Pasa and Tommy who loved to make the ball roll and roll, and roll, and roll…
The other nursery expert for balls is Elia. She is always extremely intrigued by new items of enrichment and is the first to find hidden things in the most unexpected places. Once the gates were opened, she saw the ball on top of the tree and she climbed immediately. Then, of course, she collected as many balls as possible and kept them preciously all day long; no other member of the group dared stealing them from her…
The other orphans of the nursery group had a good time as well :
Many thanks again to Véronique & Chantal for this special day – as you could see, the chimps had a particular Valentine today!!!
We all at J.A.C.K. are very pleased to announce 17 friends wished to be part of the particular project. The “lucky bags” have been the most succesful and demanded items and we therfore have decided to add 3 extra days of little cloth bags made of natural treats (almonds, raisnins & peanuts). The chimps will thus have 10 days of Valentine specials, isn’t that wonderful????
Many thanks again to Chantal J., Véronique T., Christine C., Fran B., Laurence D., Alain S., Carine L., Catherine M., Godelieve & Robert, Marie-odile L., Céline L., Kelly J. , Patti C., Lucette P., Marc H., Wanda H. and to Natalie W. for loving THEM and for being the 2014 Valentines of the 38 orphan chimps rescued by J.A.C.K !