Many many thanks to Catherine H, Corinna M.S., Wanda H, Eva C and to Suzanne M for their support! Thanks to them, 3,5 % of the funds have so far been collected via Paypal and this GoFundMe event…
We hope you’ll join us too!! Here is our fundraising event on GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/gudbr9bf
Chita, Bachi & the other chimps of the main group at J.A.C.K.
Our sanctuary today looks after 39 rescued chimpanzees. All of them have been saved from the bushmeat trade and from the illegal exotic pet trade. They are divided into two groups: the main group and the nursery group.
From the early beginning since we started this refuge centre in Lubumbashi in 2006 together with the Ministry of the Environment, our project has been promised land to start a pre-release program to teach the chimps how to live in the forest. These orphans are Congolese orphans and must go onto state land; so far, we are still waiting for this bushy area to slowly move our rescued friends to their natural habitat!
So, becasue J.A.C.K. can’t yet start this pre-release program, the sanctuary must adjust to the augmenting needs of its boarders and improve their evironment.
main group looking for some shade
The main group is living on a huge open air playground which is directly connected to the different night rooms. This open air facility used to have trees before but all have been destroyed and/or eaten by the growing chimps.
Therefore, many years ago, one of our sponsors offered different play equipments that the chimps really loved! The one they preferred was a huge tower which unfortunately hasn’t withstand the developing strength and vigor of the main group chimps (17 individuals aged now between 9 and 11 )! A few equipments are still available on their playground but they really need a huge tower again to satisfy their chimp needs of climbing, hanging and swinging.
Our Christmas project this year is to collect some funds to offer the main group that special play equipment which, in addition of being great enrichment, will also provide shade and shelter. When the weather is too hot and when rains are pouring, the chimps have no other place to go than in the night rooms. The tower ( 196 inches high – 118 inches wide) would be extremely helpful and this is the reason we call on your generosity today: looking after chimpanzees in a country where so many things are missing is an everyday challenge and once it comes to develop their environment it becomes a nightmare since most building material is imported (concrete, metal) and…very expensive!!
A GOFundMe event is online and JACK and the especially the big boys of the main group would really be grateful if you could support their Christmas project!
Thank you for your interest and generosity! We really hope this project will come true some day as the chimps of the main group need it!
One of our good friends and adopters, Carole V , has taken the initiative to collect funds to help us buy the needed medication (antibiotics, deworming drugs, vitamins) for the chimps. If you want to be part of this event, please, join us on the crowdfunding website below or you can donate via our Paypal account (top right “Donate” picture with smiling chimp).
Thank you for the chimps!
And many thanks to Carole who knows that getting good drugs is this part of the world is very tough and extremely expensive!
Dear Friends of Lubumbashi, it’s getting quite cold these days and I’m sure you can feel the climate changes too!
Our 39 rescued chimps also feel cold as they are far away from the warm and humid forests they come from. Theferore, we provide hay every night for their beddings to keep them warm.
So far, no hay is left at JACK but a farm located in Fungurume (200kms from us) is ready to offer our sanctuary tens of big bags of hay for the chimps.
However, JACK is a small NGO living on donations only and can’t afford hiring trucks to bring the dry grass to Lubumbashi on Kamanyola avenue…
DEAR ALL, WE DON’T ASK YOU MONEY! We only ask you a favour and we kindly appeal to your good heart and generosity. Would you have some place left on your trucks driving down to Lubumbashi? Would you, please, be as kind as to help us prevent outbreaks of flu? bronchitis? or maybe pneumonia? You can contact us on following email address:[email protected]
Thank YOU for THEM!