The project of the green garden has been mainly sponsored by a South African company: MARKET TO AFRICA. Veggies are now growing everywhere but not in sufficient quantities as, remember, 120 kgs of food are needed every day for the chimpanzee and galago boarders living and rescued by J.A.C.K. !The aim of the green house is to reduce the charges of the sanctuary; we really hope this will happen soon as the soil is extremely bad and we need to bring in new soil added with natural compost….
Our sanctuary hosts a few wild fig trees and their fruit are one of the favorite treats of the chimps! That’s the reason why we regularly keep an eye on these trees as once the fruits are ripe, we must collect them very fast before the birds eat them all….
Today, our boarders get figs every morning because Fabienne is collecting the treats for them. Fabienne is a good friend of J.A.C.K. : she assists me for free every day for enrichment and she also helps Maman Angeline in the kitchen…
Merci beaucoup to Fabienne for your wonderful help and for your wish to give THEM the best!!! It’s great having you around!
See by yourself how Tommy has now become an amazing acrobat! Remember, Tommy was de baby with osteomyelitis…
Today, this little ape is enjoying life in his nursery group and is a young chimpanzee like all his other friends! The footage below will show you how he’s now playing on top of the trees …. we are all impressed! Bravo Tommy! We are all so happy you are doing better!
Seki is among the young males we have in the main group. A few days ago, in the morning, his mouth was totally swollen on the upper right side. His temperature was fine, but we could see it was painful as Seki was very quiet and isolated himself from the others.
After a short quarantine and an antibiotic treatment, Seki is now feeling a lot better and was allowed to join his group again yesterday. His face is ok and once treatment is finished, we would like to sedate him to see what is going on. We believe he has had tooth infection, but only a good check of his mouth can confirm this!
Today, 1st of May, is Labour Day, and we wish to thank our team which works every day at the sanctuary in order to give the rescued orphans the best.
Serge and Pierre are the two people in charge of our green house:thanks to their hard work J.A.C.K. provides fresh vegetable to its boarders! Maman Angeline works in the kitchen: she cleans, cuts and prepare the food for the chimps. Augustin, Eddy, Marcel, Pierre and Mike work directly with the chimps: they feed them, observe them, provide care but also security, and they also keep their night quarters and outdoor playgrounds neat and clean….
MERCI beaucoup à vous TOUS! Many thanks to the 8 of you for your daily dedication to the chimps, Franck and I are very happy to work with you all!
This short footage just to show you how the young rescued chimp of our nursery group do enjoy selecting stick to ‘fish’ for honey . Every morning, we fill the fake ant hill with treats so that the orphans keep their instinct of hunting for food…
End of March was very stressful here because of unrest and panick. Our boarders had been kept indoors most of the time for security and we all did our best to give them the routine they are used to. Chimps are very clever and understand immediately when something goes wrong, so the keepers and myself tried to remain as normal as usual.
However, food was missing! The people used to provide us with fruit and vegetables from outside the city didn’t dare coming to Lubumbashi (shootings, rumors, curfew, panick…). Prices at some places had increased; sometimes long talks were needed to buy just a few things…. a real nightmare when you know that you minimum need 100kgs of food / day!
Some of our Internet friends reacted rapidly and sent us very helpful donations. We felt extremely blessed as this wonderful aid enabled J.A.C.K. in giving the chimps their usual food and in the normal quantities….
Many thanks to Corinna M. (150 $), Diane A. (40 $), Fran B. (40 $), Kelly J. (500 $), Dana V. (40 $), Patti C. (50$), Amy M. (10 $), Alain S. (50 Euros), Véronique T. (20$), Laurence D. (27$) and Oliver T. (25 Euros).
We also wish to thank our friends and family, but also our sponsors, our donors, the members and the friends of our adoption program who financially participate to J.A.C.K.
Remember, we live on donations only and that each little help represents more than you can imagine! So, in case you wish to be part of our action, you can join us on the ”how to help” page of our English website www.jackdrc.org
Two best friends of J.A.C.K., Sébastien and Mathilde, have created their own charity named Association Chimère which promotes vegetarianism, reports on living conditions of animals and which also helps NGO’s protecting wildlife.
“It’s sad to think that nature speaks and mankind will not listen” (Victor HUGO)
End of last February, the movie “Chimpanzee” came out in France and our friends created a special event named “Amène J.A.C.K. au cinéma” (“Bring J.A.C.K. to the cinema”). They therefore asked a cinema manager in Caluire (not far from Lyon) if she would agree their charity had an information stand at the entrance of the cinema to catch the attention of visitors, to talk about J.A.C.K. in the DRC and to make people aware of the danger of extinction Great Apes are facing today…
Sébastien and Mathilde had organised posters, pictures of our boarders and they also had cooked vegetarian treats. Some members of their charity assisted them during this particular 2-day-event totally dedicated to the Cause of Great Apes.
Their efforts has resulted in donations (an average of 140 Euros was reached!!!) and some more money is being donated as Association Chimère has mentioned on its websites that people could still send their movie ticket to Chimère’s postal address with a donation that will be send to J.A.C.K. Sanctuary in the DRC.
We are very grateful to Sébastien, Mathilde, the Chimère members and team for their wonderful action and for their wish to help the 38 orphans we are taking care of here in Lubumbashi. We are proud of what they do and do encourage them to continue the great work!
Thank you to all the people who have donatedand many thanks also to the person in charge of the Caluire Cinema: without her interest this event wouldn’t have taken place! Merci beaucoup Madame pour avoir permis à Mathilde et à Sébastien de mener à bien cet évènement très particulier qui nous aide énormément!
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