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Luna & Mata

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


Thank you, Fondation Brigitte Bardot

We are pleased to announce the support of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation which has been helping our sanctuary since 2009.

This 2016 aid will help us develop the open air playground of the Nursery II Project. This means that the youngsters of our Nursery group will soon be offered a new Jungle Gym and a small pond…

We are extremely delighted since things have been so tough here recently and a great news like this brightens our days!!

Again, many thanks to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for its trust and wish to offer our orphans the best living conditions!


Mouth, hands & feet

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




PICTURE OF THE DAY – baby Kaly says ‘hello!’


Baby Mata puzzled

PICTURE OF THE DAY – baby Mata puzzled by an insect hidden in the leaves


A selfie of SEKI

PICTURE OF THE DAY – do you like selfies? This is one of SEKI, one of our oldest males


Bihati, we will ALWAYS love YOU!

No words for today as we are all profoundly sad…

Young friend Bihati left us a few days ago. She was waiting for the team and for Roxane to come to tell them goodbye before falling into a deep coma. It’s a 15 cm big tumour that took Bihati from us. Roxane held her hand till her last breath. All Bihati’s friends shouted and best friend Maya made sounds we had never heard before. As if she could feel Bihati had gone… Very touching moments ­čÖü

Because we can’t find the words to expressour sadness, wemade a small video in honour of Bihati.

Bihati, we will ALWAYS love YOU!

Many  hanks again to all the Friends who helped Bihati. And also many, many thanks to 3 wonderful people who followed Bihati closely and who had precious advice: Sheri Speed, Estelle Ralballand and Thalita Calvi. It was great working with the 3 of you!


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!


Chita’s Jungle Gym – Day 2

Yesterday, we showed you the first steps of ┬áthe 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

jour (1)

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

jour (2)

  • 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.

jour (3)

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.

thank you playground


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 ┬áthe building process ┬áwith 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

module 1

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

module 2

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

module 3

  • the welder built the frame of 2 ┬áplatforms

module 4

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

module 5

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 ­čÖé

module 6

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