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IPPL supporting again our sanctuary

Great news for today as, a few weeks ago, J.A.C.K. has been contacted by the International Primate Protection League to offer its help again for this starting year 2015! We are so grateful Dr Shirley Mc Greal and her precious team do wish to continue supporting us !!!


As this US institution has recently supported to construction of the night rooms of the Nursery 2 Project, now more developments inside the buildings are needed to finish this project completely! Therefore, this year, IPPL offered to sponsor all the plumber work as well as the welding of huge metallic nests for the chimps.


Also, some stairs are needed to walk over the brand new tunnel as to facilitate security of the area.

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Thank you again and again, dear IPPL supporters for your support and for your wish to bring THEM the best!



growing sugar cane

Dear all,

At J.A.C.K., we had still some space left next to the green house to grow some sugar cane.

The project of growing one of the chimps’ favourite food started a few years ago thanks to the kind support of a friend of J.A.C.K., Mrs Sue A., who sponsored a plantation of banana trees, paw paws and sugar canes at the Sanctuary.



 Sugar canes like water and the place we have next to the green house is very wet. Land has to be prepared first and the sugar cane is being planted on small humid mounts.




Then, once the sugar cane is blossoming, it means it is ready to be harvested.




J.A.C.K. had its first sugar cane harvest this year and nearly half a ton was cut for the chimps. This was a good start and next year more will be harvested from our sugar cane plantation since extra canes have been planted!!


Many thanks to Mrs Sue A. but also to our two gardeners, Bondo and Kasongo, for making this possible!

great works thanks to ‘Apeology’

Remember, last February, we showed you pictures of the Nursery 2 Project which aims in building more night quarters for the growing chimp infants. We also mentioned works had to be stopped since no more funding was available. Fullscreen capture 20140803 071428 AM But we have been extremely lucky since an unexpected donation enabled us to continue the works.

YES! This wonderful news arose  from the SWEDEN CHIMPANZEE TRUST which announced us, Ola BERGGREN and Tommy LUNDBERG, the two Swedish authors of “Ledarskap på apstadiet” (= `Apeology – evolution for managers and leaders’) whom we have already talked about in October 2010, had decided to grant again JACK with substantial funds they collected through the sale of their famous book. Ola and Tommy are both interested in leadership, the interactions between all members of the company in comparison with chimpanzee individuals interacting with members of their group. Their book is an incredible journey that brings you from the deepest forests of Africa to the modern life of our current hectic society. Fullscreen capture 20140803 065607 AMThe world is full of books on leadership. Meanwhile the business world is crowded with managers seeking to emulate the successful behaviour of their role models. But what if they could more effectively increase productivity and profitability by imitating our closest relatives in the animal world? In this book, the authors study chimpanzees to help identify the innate human needs that form the basis of how we interact in the workplace and in the organisations. Genetically, we are 98,6% the same as chimpanzees. By observing our tree-climbing cousins we can regain a natural awareness of what makes people feel good and perform well in a group. The book was nominated for “Human Resource Book of the year 2010” in Sweden and it was also published in Finland and Norway. But today, Tommy and Ola wish to go further. Since their book has had so much success in Sweden, they really want to have it translated into English. Would you know publishers ready to translate this great book, please contact us. Meanwhile, you can already have a look at the English Chapter Summary which will give you an idea of the book. Ola and Tommy sent their donation to our Sanctuary via the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust and more developments have taken place since last February. Fullscreen capture 20140807 125708 PM The money donated earlier this year enabled J.A.C.K. in building (1) the tunnel which  links Nursery Area 1 to Nursery Area 2 and (2) the second night quarter which got  built too nearly totally.

tunnel between the 2 nursery areas

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 night room 2 fixed

sct1 Again, J.A.C.K. wishes to thank Tommy, Ola and the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust for giving the chimps at J.A.C.K. the opportunity of seeing their stay at the sanctuary improved. Your donation has helped us make great things for the Nursery group and we hope these little hairy ones will soon be able to inaugurate their new territory.

Thank YOU for THEM !


JACK growing education centre

Thanks to the generosity of two main donors, the International Primate Protection League and the ARCUS Foundation, J.A.C.K. has been given the opportunity to continue the works of developping  its education centre.

Today, the education area  is made of 4 hut-shaped-education buildings; each hut has a particular topic related to Conservation and to Chimpanzees.

educ centre

Education hut #1 enumerates the threats great apes are facingevery day (habitat destruction, bushmeat trade, exotic pet trade, diseases)  and what international/national solutions are brought to help save them;

education 1

Education hut #2 explains what a sanctuary is and why/how chimpanzee orphans arrive at J.A.C.K. A small puppet theater is attached to the building where kids can create their own conservation stories. This is the building that perished totally during the arson of September 2013 and which was totally restored.

education 2


Education hut #3 gives a general idea of monkeys  and shows the difference between monkeys and great apes.

education hut 3

Education hut #4 talks about chimpanzees mainly: habitat, anatomy, behaviour, reproduction, food, using and building tools….


 All these wonderful constructions wouldn’t have been possible without the trust of IPPL and of the Arcus Foundation and that’s why we again and again wish to thank both institutions for their attention and their wish to be part of the survival of South DRC chimpanzees.

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Thank YOU for THEM !




recovery of J.A.C.K. education buildings

Friends who closely follow us will for sure still have in mind the terrible fire our sanctuary had to cope with last September and which destroyed 2 of our education buildings.

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J.A.C.K. education centre is currently made of 4 education huts all kindly sponsored by wonderful people ( the International Primate Protection League, the Arcus Foundation, the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust, Market to Africa, MMR,…). Construction of the Education Centre started in 2011 and isn’t finished yet as more buildings are on the agenda…

educ centre

During the arson, education hut #2 totally perished because of  the flames…


… but thanks to donors, J.A.C.K. was able to restore the building and new developments, drawings, paintings have been made to rebuild it completely! This recovery has been possible thanks to 2 very helpful donations received from : (1) the PASA Crisis Fund and from (2) the International Primate Protection League.


Education hut # 4 was being built at the time of the arson and only the roof partially burnt down. The building has now a brand new roof and developments can now continue!


Also, IPPL agreed on enforcing security at J.A.C.K.. That’s the reason why since the arson, and thanks to the International Primate Protection League, our sanctuary has now two armed rangers from the DRC National Parks who provide day and night security on site .



Again, J.A.CK. wishes to thank PASA and IPPL for their help. Receiving your donations was a sign we weren’t that alone to face the arsonists and your support helped us in erasing these terrible arson pictures from our minds!

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developments 2013

J.A.C.K. is a sanctuary saving chimpanzees from the bush meat trade and also from the illegal exotic pet trade.But, to host these growing ape orphans, J.A.C.K. needs help for building and for improving facilities.

In 2012, J.A.C.K. started the Nursery 2 Project which is the development of a second nursery area with both a new playground and new night rooms. The project of the night quarter in 2012 was essentially supported by the Brigitte Bardot Foundation . The works weren’t finished; building facilities is extremely costly!!


Therefore, in 2013, thanks to (1) the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, (2) the International Primate Protection League and (3) the Born Free Foundation, J.A.C.K managed to continue what had been previously started and one night room is now completely built!


Foundations of two extra night facilities have been constructed t0o as well as the concrete floor of the futur tunnel that will link Nursery 1 to Nursery 2. Yes, playground of Nursery 1 (C1 on picture) will be linked to playground of Nursery 2 (C2) which will provide the chimps more space and extra shelter during cold and rainy weather! Also, in this way, the nursery group will be allowed to go from one playground to another and  have more space to play and to stay!


But the Nursery 2 Project isn’t yet finished. Two more night rooms have to be built as well as the tunnel.  This means that, according to donations,  we will be again be very busy building and improving the sanctuary this year at J.A.C.K. !!

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Again J.A.C.K. wishes to thank its generous donours for their trust and for their wish to give these orphans the best! J.A.C.K. wouldn’t be able to achieve all these important works without their wonderful support!

Thank YOU for THEM!