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Category Archives: Chimpanzee

Luna & Mata

PICTURE OF THE DAY : young female Luna is like a little Mom to baby Mata !

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Mouth, hands & feet

PICTURE OF THE DAY – hands and mouth full for young male Kimo

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Chita’s Jungle Gym – Day 3

Today is D-day!

Yes, the surprise we have been promissing for the last few days is actually a short movie of the inauguration of the Jungle Gym. We thought Chita and his friends would be scared, but, in fact, they ran and jumped immediately onto the metallic structure…

See by yourselves :

Thank you again so much to all the people who helped JACK made this dream come true. It seems the chimps do really enjoy and love their Jungle Gym and we are extremely happy for them!

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Chita’s Jungle Gym – Day 2

Yesterday, we showed you the first steps of  the construction of Chita’s new Jungle Gym.

Today, Day 2, we had to definitely end this building project but we couldn’t . Read why…

  • at sunrise, our welder, Georges, fixed the frames of the highest platform

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  • then, he welded all the metallic sheets onto the frames while Marc started painting the top of the tower

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  • once welding work was totally finished, the painter was able to end his part of the job but, actually, couldn’t since the sun went down. So, the tower today is completely built. Only the first level isn’t painted.

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Tomorrow, you will  discover the last step of this Jungle Gym project. We have organised a small surprise for our donors and for you. So, we hope you will join us tomorrow (same website, same time)!

Chita’s Jungle Gym – Day 1

Remember, last December, we fundraised to offer a Christmas present for our group of  subadult chimps. The aim was to collect some funds to build a huge Jungle Gym that would keep the chimps fit and also provide them with some shade and shelter during the rainy season and the hot dry season.

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End of January, and thanks to the good heart of great donors, we managed to collect the needed money. However, because of the pouring rains here in Lubumbashi, we couldn’t start building Chita’s Christmas present.

Today, because dry season is on its way (no more rains!), we bought all the equipment last week and contacted our small team of bricklayers, painter & welder. All of them were told they had only 48 hours to have the Jungle Gym built – yes, it looks a bit short in time, but what you must know is that while the team is working, the chimpanzees are kept indoors which is something the don’t like at all especially when there is a beautiful shining sun outside!

So, the team started building and we’ve decided to show you what was done on DAY 1. Pictures were taken regularly to share every step of  the building process  with you and – especially! – with the wonderful donors who made this project come true!!!

Here are all the works of DAY 1:

  • 9 deep holes (1 meter deep) were dug

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  • the 9 huge poles were fixed in the holes with concrete

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  • the bricklayers built a thick concrete slab at the bottom of the tower

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  • the welder built the frame of 2  platforms

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  • Meanwhile, Marc, the painter, painted the old Jungle Gyms

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At the end of DAY 1, the tower is totally set up. Only the platforms and some paint are missing. Stay tuned, as tomorrow we wil share pictures of Day 1 🙂

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Many, many thanks again to all the Friends who made this dream come true! The chimps will be overexcited !!!

 

J.A.C.K., a cohesive team

J.A.C.K. is a cohesive team motivated by a shared goal: to provide these chimp orphans rescued from the busmeat trade with the best care and with loads of Love!

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Australian Guardian Angels

Today, we would like to thank 3 Friends of J.A.C.K. living in Australia who have helped Bihati at the early beginning of her health issues.

These Friends are:

1/ Kelly.

Kelly has been following our sanctuary for many years now and, once she heard Bihati wasn’t doing well, she decided to send her some Kids Essentials (protein powder) which Bihati loves!!!

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2/ Jo & Ryan

Both Friends volunteered at the sanctuary last year and Jo worked with Bihati. They both wished to help us with our sick friend and therefore, since Ryan was travelling back to the DRC, they contacted Kelly to collect the Kids Essenials boxes to drop them at J.A.C.K. ! A moving gesture as Bihati has been able to enjoy this protein treat that has given her some strength back!

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Kelly, Jo & Ryan, many thanks for your support and for your Love for Bihati & her Friends.

You are Bihati’s Guardian Angels!

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Tongo likes to stay with older females

PICTURE OF THE DAY – TONGO (right) is the youngest chimpanzee orphan of our group of subadults. He likes to hang around with older females and, on the picture here, he is with KINA.

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But Kaly, where are you?

PICTURE OF THE DAY – although most of our energy is focused on Bihati’s heath issue, her 38 chimpanzee friends aren’t neglected and we do still keep a good eye on all of them! Life must continue and it seems some of the youngsters are having great fun: Mata (left) is with Luna (top) and they are both trying to catch Kaly who is hidden in the blue barrel!

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Bihati’s health is deteriorating

Sorry, not much time to update as life has been too hectic here with Bihati, the sick chimpanzee. Yes, her health is deteriorating day by day. We managed to get some ultrasound scan, x-ray and other analyses. Because her haemoglobine was too low, it was suggested to transfuse Bihati. However, not having the equipment nor the means, we opted for a shock treatment (plasma substitute). Today, Bihati is weak, has eaten and drunk little. We pray she’ll be beter soon. We are now focused on what is causing such pain to her as we want to give her the appropriated treatment.

We will keep you posted. Meanwhile, keep Bihati, please, in your prayers and send her all your positive thoughts. JACK does its best but finances are extremely tight especially sinceour country is struck by drastic economic recession and political unrest. You can help JACK via following link:
http://www.jacksanctuary.org/how-to-help/

Many thanks in advance for your prayers and thoughts! A huge THANK YOU to our volunteer vet Jean Claude for his hard work and professionalism. Thank you also to Doctor Marc who did the ultrasounds yesterday. Also many, many thanks to two vets who have been constantly in touch with us from abroad and who have been of good help and advice: Kel (Australia) and Katja (South Africa).

 

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