bamboo enrichment

PICTURES OF THE DAY –  bamboo is a great material to use with chimps as it is generally resililient to chimps’ teeth hard times. We do our best at JACK to use varied enrichment items and bamboo is used in both inside and outside facilities… the chimps just love it!

bambou enrichissement


PICTURES OF THE DAY – J.A.C.K. was donated some bamboo a few weeks ago. But why does J.A.C.K. need bamboo?

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the future

mahatma gandhi futur

big boy

PICTURE OF THE DAY – little Mata is becoming a big boy as he now can hold his milk bottle on his own!!! Well done, baby Mata! We are so proud of you!

bigboy mata


PICTURE OF THE DAY – volunteer Karine is now gone back to Europe and our team does its utmost to apply all the great enrichment teaching it had from her. Today, Papa Jeremie is filling the enrichment toys with some donated lettuce, carrot, prunes and bread! Well done, Jérémie ! The chimps just loved your enriched toys!

Jeremie enrichissement


PICTURE OF THE DAY – it’s always very stressful when we have to sedate a chimp. Yesterday, two implants were changed (Zamba & Elia) and everything went well! many thanks to our volunteer vet Jean Claude!



PICTURE OF THE DAY –  please, meet Copito ! I know, J.A.C.K.is a sanctuary rescuing chimpanzees!!! but we do love animals at J.A.C.K. and Copito is part our family. Copito knows the chimps too well as he spends most of his time there with us and everyone at J.A.C.K. (team & chimps) knows the little dog!!!


merci Karine

PICTURE OF THE DAY – Karine came to volunteer at our sanctuary only a few months ago and had to go back to France. She brought a lot of wonderful enrichment ideas to J.A.C.K., she offered the chimps so much fun and enrichment. We really do thank her for the Love, the patience and all the care she gave to the chimps but also to the team when working as a volunteer at JACK. We do miss her very much!

karine merci


N.B. Keep in mind that our sanctuary hasn’t been able to develop its international volunteer program because our volunteer camp isn’t yet ready to accomodate people from abroad. This is the reason why J.A.C.K. currently works with local volunteers, people from Lubumbashi who have enough spare time to spend at J.A.C.K. in order to give us a hand…

milk is ready!

PICTURE OF THE DAY – 7.30 am this morning: it’s milk time. Mama Angeline has just prepared the milk and the tea and she’s carrying all the bottles to feed the nursery group…

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Two weeks ago, our sanctuary launched an appeal: we were asking if one of the local companies could have an empty truck driving from a city called Fungurume to our place in Lubumbashi (about 200 kms) since a farm was offering plenty of hay we need for the beddings of the chimps. It is still quite cold at night. The chimps need dry grass to build their nests and this precious hay helps us prevent flu!

No-one replied to our request. There are so many companies here in Lubumbashi, so many trucks daily on the roads, but no one answered. We had only one person promising to give a hand. But, as usual, nothing came out of these promises… Very sad, isn’t it? It’s obvious people won’t help if they don’t have any  financial interest … this is Lubumbashi mentality. Not to mention that chimps are animals and that people don’t care at all about animals…

So, I had to find a way to have the donation of hay in Lubumbashi. With my brother (who is the owner of the dry grass) we found a truck from one of our companies (my family has been doing its best to participate to the development of the country since 1898) and the hay got transported by our own means from the farm to the sanctuary.

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5 huge big bags of hay were delivered at J.A.C.K. earlier last week which is excellent news! Beddings are changed every day and the chimps love to build large nests at night. The 5 bags will last about 2 or 3 weeks. Other hay will have to be transported to J.A.C.K.; my brother says he still has about 30  big bags ready for the chimps!

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Again I wish to thank my brother Walter for the hay and I also want to thank some people of our company, Richard & Lucien, who helped us make this transport possible!

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Merci à vous tous de votre aide !


Roxane/ J.A.C.K.