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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!


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 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 !!!


Nursery Project II inaugurated

Thanks to the kindness of our generous sponsors, J.A.C.K. has developped since 2012 the building of 3 additional night rooms for the nursery group.

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3 new night rooms for the youngsters of the nursery group

3 years later, Nursery Project II isn’t totaly finished but the chimpanzee orphans have already been able to enjoy their new night quarters.

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inauguration of brand new night facilities

In 2015, sponsorship helped us do all the plumbing work, build huges nests, add some stairs to walk accross the tunnel and to open the tunnel. Also, a huge concrete slab has been set in front of the night quarters to drain water (rain, cleaning water).

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fixing taps, waterpipes

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huge nests

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some stairs to walk accross tunnel

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inauguration of tunnel linking open air playground and brand new night rooms

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long concrete slab to facilitate water drainage

These developments were necessary: the orphans of the nursery group are getting bigger, stronger and need more space! Also, these new night facilities keep the very youngest babies safe from the wind, the cold and the rain ….

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baby Kaly!

Still more developments are needed to complete the Nursery project II as J.A.C.K. now must focus on the open air playground: fix electrical fences, put solar pannels & batteries, add 2 more jungle gyms….

Constructions of 2015 have been done  thanks to the trust and the support of our great donors only: FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT,  the SWEDEN CHIMPANZEE TRUSTIPPL, , the ZOO of la PALMYRE and  . Again we at J.A.C.K. are grateful for their precious help as without their generosity, J.A.C.K. can’t give these orphans the difference!

Thank YOU all for THEM !

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many thanks to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation

As mentionned several months ago, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation has been helping J.A.C.K. since 2009 and thanks to its precious support & trust, our Sanctuary has been able to achieve great and wonderful things for our chimpanzee and bushbaby boarders!

In 2015, the French Foundation decided it would support the building of a Jungle Gym for the Nursery Group as well as develop our green house.

The Jungle Gym actually looks more like a three-storey-tower (5m high, 3m large). Each level is made of platforms which provide the chimpanzees with shelter from both rain & sun. The tower is completely made of metal; a material we were obliged to use as experience here so far has showed us local termites are extremely voracious and that no wooden structure even resists!

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The Brigitte Bardot Foundation also participated in our green house project. Yes, remember, we need to provide 120 to 150 kgs of food daily and the green garden helps us give the chimpanzees fresh food.

Our green house is located at the boundary of J.A.C.K. and next to the Zoo of Lubumbashi. Several crops unfortunately were stolen because the walls that border our limits were broken or  didn’t even exist any more at some places. Therefore, we decided to use the 2015 grant to rebuild and strengthen the walls.

Also, we would like to add some barbered wire on top but this will hopefully come in 2016 with more support from our donours as we need to continue to put security all around the complex!

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Thanks to the wonderful aid of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, the orphan chimpanzees of the Nursery group now have some daily enrichment (Jungle Gym) and all the rescued chimpanzees can enjoy our ‘home-produced’ crops !

Dear Brigitte Bardot Foundation Team, know that your support is crucial to the well-being of the chimpanzees we have rescued  from human crualty and that we feel extremely grateful for your help and trust!

Again, thank you so much for THEM!


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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Brigitte Bardot Foundation grant 2015

Great news to share with you all today as the famous French Foundation of Mrs Brigitte Bardot has just announced its 2015 participation.

Yes, it’s been now since 2009 that this French Institution is helping our Sanctuary and we are extremely grateful it decided to grant our orphans again this year. This time, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation wishes to build Jungle Gyms on the Nursery  Project 2 open air playground: very high playtowers wihich will not only improve the orphans strength and balance, but they will also provide them with some shade and shelder during hot/rainy days.

In addition to this, this 2015 Grant will develop the green garden. Remember, our green house is essential to offer fresh vegetable to our 39 orphans.

Thank you again, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, for your help, trust and wish to bring these rescued apes the best captive conditions! Many thanks also too Mrs Maatouk Aline & Meyer Capucine, who have made this 2015 grant possible!


update on fundraising ‘money for security’

We have great news for today as some Friends of JACK, worried about the chimps’ security, have done their best to help out financially to enable us buy the needed materials to start fixing barbed wire on top of the walls located at the edge of our sanctuary.

Know that works have started thanks to your wonderful support. So far, 550 USD and 100 Euros have been collected; this is already a huge amount of money which is helping J.A.C.K. a lot!

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Many thanks to Cherie B, Eva C, Tania F, Kelly J, Patti C, Fran B, Tanis S, Wanda H, Oliver T, Véronique T and Valérie L  for their great support! Without your Love and wish to be part of this security project, J.A.C.K. wouldn’t have been able to buy and fix the first barbed wires!!!

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Money for security

A few nights ago, people illegaly entered the sanctuary and seemed interested in the sleeping orphans. J.A.C.K. was lucky its night team managed to chase these unexpected visitors away. But what if they came back? Why were they looking inside the night rooms?  What were their intentions?

J.A.C.K. has therefore decided to enforce security and wishes to put barbed  wire on the different walls at the edge of the sanctuary. Total cost will be of 900 USD (puchase of barbed wire + metallic bars to fix the wire on the wall). This amount doesn’t represent much for some people, but for J.A.C.K. it does!  This is a huge amount of money for a NGO living only on donations!!

Today, 3 US Friends of J.A.C.K. have taken the great initiative of  helping  our sanctuary.

Yes, Patti C., Fran B. and Tanis S.  have donated 125 USD which is already a good start! If you want to do the same. If you wish to help out, please,  donate via our secure Paypal account.

Thank you so much Patti, Fran and Tanis for this wonderful initiative which we hope will encourage more Friends to participate to the improvement of security at J.A.C.K.! Thank you for Mata and his friends!

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Nursery 2 Project

The Nursery 2 Project started in 2012 and aimed in building 3 night quarters for the nursery group. These new facilities will be attached to an open air playground and, by means of a tunnel,  will be linked to the Nursery 1 area. We talked about this project already many months ago.

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C1= Nursery 1   –  C2 = Nursery 2   –   1,2,3 = night rooms   and   4 =  tunnel


End of 2013, the first night room was completely built and so were the concrete floors of night rooms 2 & 3 !

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In June 2014, the sanctuary completed the construction of night quarter 2 as well as the tunnel linking Nursery 1 to Nursery 2.

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Finally, end 2014, the last night facility was totally constructed !



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Living on donations only, J.A.C.K.  can’t afford developping the sanctuary since it always depends on the kindness of its donors to achieve projects for the well fare of its rescued orphans. Nursery 2 Project in 2014 was totally supported by the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust & Great Words, the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, the International Primate Protection League and the Zoo of La Palmyre! We really hope to find more funds this year as to end Nursery 2 Project; the nursery chimps are getting bigger, stronger and really need more space! We need to build nests, add water pipes, fence electrically the whole play ground and add enrichment (play modules)…

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J.A.C.K. and its nursery orphans are extremely grateful to the generosity of these 5 wonderful donors who helped in 2014! So far our sanctuary hasn’t been given the land promised by the State to move the chimps to a forest area and this is the reason why J.A.C.K. must develop site and improve its facilities…

Thank YOU all, dear donors, for your help but also for your wish to give THEM the best!