let’s bring light!

Our sanctuary is a DRC NGO living on donations only and, thanks to the kindness of its donors and sponsors, J.A.C.K. can make huge steps forward to increase the well fare of its boarders and of its team.

Today, we want to speak about ‘magic’!

Yes, we didn’t have power nor a generator at J.A.C.K.: our sanctuary has been living in the dark for the last 8 years using solar energy  for the electrical fences all around the chimps playgrounds….

Today, we can say that J.A.C.K. is living a new experience as we have had power in the kitchen area for the last few weeks only. Thanks to the substantial donation from the International Primate Protection league with the help of the ARCUS Foundation, our sanctuary has been able to bring power at the complex. It took us weeks before the basic equipment was fixed (we had to dig huge cables in the ground, build our own electric console, place a distribution board, construct a special room for the circuit breaker…). We didn’t know about power before but, today, we do!

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In the kitchen we  have warm water to prepare the milk bottles, to heat water for the chimps’ morning tea, to cook the sweet potatoes and mealy meal… Warm water also brings hygien and enables the team to wash the dishes, to clean thoroughly the kitchen and its utensils .

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Also, the team can enjoy warm water to clean their uniforms, to wash their hands, to have a shower… and power enhances security at J.A.C.K. ! Wich is very very positive!


As you can see, it’s a brand new life today at JA.C.K. thanks to IPPL and their sponsor, the Arcus Foundation! We are extremely grateful for their wonderful support and trust which have helped our sanctuary make huge steps forward!!! Thank you all again for bringing power at J.A.C.K.! Thank YOU for THEM!

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rumbling earth

PICTURE OF THE DAY – strange experience to wake up in the middle of the night with walls, windows shaking and the earth rumbling….I counted about 19 secons before all was quiet again! According to keeper Yannik, the chimps were quiet except the very young ones of the Nursery group who couldn’t fall asleep again afterwards…the earthquake took place in Zambia about 600kms from Lubumbashi (magnitude 5.1)

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Kina, Doguy & Tongo

PICTURES OF THE DAY – young chimp orphans having so much fun: Tongo, Doguy & Kina

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iced treats

PICTURE OF THE DAY – afternoons on this side of the planet are getting quite hot these days and some iced treats are regularly been offered to our hairy friends … Today, Papa Ngoy, our keeper in charge of this Sunday’s enrichment, was excited to offer the chimps small plastic bottles full of fresh-iced-fruit…

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PICTURE OF THE DAY – once Elia has eaten up all the treats hidden in the socks, she loves to put them on… sometimes her socks can last for several days before being destroyed


a great Sunday

PICTURE OF THE DAY – baby Mata wishing you a wonderful Sunday!



PICTURES OF THE DAY – every day we organise enrichment on both outside and inside the facilities…the chimps just love ‘fishing’ honey!


Maïka in cigar-mode

PICTURES OF THE DAY – Maïka teaching how to hold a piece of sugar cane in the mouth just like a cigar! but were did she see this? we have no smokers at the sanctuary!!

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Rosie & the reed

PICTURES OF THE DAY – young Rosie has finally understood it’s easier to drink straight from the pond than to collect water with a small piece of reed…

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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!

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