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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 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 !!!

 

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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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!

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Thank you, dear Adopters

Yes, today, JACK would like to say a special ‘THANK YOU’ to all the Friends who are part of the adoption program.

Our sanctuary looks after 39 chimpanzees aged between 3 and 13 years old, which represents a lot of work but also high costs! To cover food, veterinary supplies, wages of our 8 workers + different taxes, we need about $ 2,000/month. You can now imagine how tough and hard it is for an NGO to collect such amount every month and how precious donations are!!

Therefore, adopters’ support is also crucial to the well being of the orphans and there is no word to express our gratitude as, thanks to the adopter’s Love and Interest, we can provide these rescued chimp orphans with the best care!

Dear Adopters, thank YOU all so much for your support! Your adoptions represent a lot to THEM and we hope you will be able to help your adopted chimpanzee friend(s) again in 2016!

Thank YOU for THEM!

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updates on our Christmas fundraising

Remember, early December last year, we launched a fundraising appeal to collect money for a Jungle Gym for the chimp teenagers group of JACK.

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Today, we can say that the total amount ($5,524) to build this huge play tower for Chita and his friends has been collected since JACK fundraised along with its French charity  “Les Amis de JACK”  during the latest Festive Season.

YES! JACK is extremely happy this project will come true! The Jungle Gym is a high play tower which will not only provide enrichment to the teenagers group but it will also protect them  from the harshness of the climate (blazing sun, heavy rains) by offering the chimpanzees some shade and shelter . The sanctuary intends to start the constructions very soon and will, of course, share pictures and updates.

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Again JACK and “Les Amis de JACK” would like to thank the different Friends who have given all their trust as well as their precious financial support to make this dream come true. Remember, JACK lives on donations only and relies on the generosity of its Friends to provide its boarders with the best care!

Many, many thanks to:

  • Carole V.  who launched the fundraising event in France together with our Charity “Les Amis de JACK”;
  • the Sweden Chimpanzee Trust and its Board members who decided they would be part of this Christmas event for the chimps!
  • our great Donors whose aid was crucial : (in alpabetical order) Alexandra G, Amy M, Andrew & Candy G, Carine LT, Catherine H, Corinna MS, David S, Eva C, Francesca B, Geneviève H, Harry H,  Jean-Charles D, Julie B, Karim M,  Louise Q, Lyna R, Marc H, Mireille F,  Oliver T, Sébastien M, Suzanne M,  Valérie L, Valérie S, Véronique T, et Wanda H. 
  • one of our adopters who has been following JACK sanctuary for so many years: Marie-Odile L. Her love for her adopted friend MAYA has no limits and Maire-Odile therefore decided she would help the sanctuary finalize this playground project!
  • our wonderful Friends from all over the world who organized/participated to events  to support JACK:

      => Lucette P (France)  who participated to 2 different Christmas events jointly  organised by shop managers Mr & Mrs Kahn from MEDOR & Co

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=> Patti C  and her sister Gail (USA) who attended 2 different Christmas crafts  fairs and sold their handmade necklaces.  Usually assisted by Gail,  Patti has been supporting our sanctuary for years now and her gorgeous necklaces have a great success and do help our chimps too!

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       => Joanne P (Australia) who created a fundraising event in her country to help Chita & his mates get the Jungle Gym.

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The building of the play tower should not last more than 10 days and we of course will keep you updated !

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Dear Donors, without your precious support JACK wouldn’t be able to give its orphans the best!

So, thank YOU again and again for THEM! 

 

some improvement for Bapu

PICTURE OF THE DAY & UPDATES ON BAPU – we are very happy as some Belgian friends of JACK sent us a parcel full of drugs which will help us with Bapu. There are some improvements today regarding the young female: she moved a bit this morning and also had fresh fruits for breakfast… many thanks for all your positive thoughts and prayers: we still keep our fingers crossed Bapu’s health will continue to improve!

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Christmas at JACK

PICTURES OF THE DAY – no power, no water but great Happiness at Christmas thanks to the kindness of two Lubumbashi friends who offered the team and the chimps plenty of goodies and who want to remain anonymous! Many thanks again for these wonderful Christmas presents! Both team & chimps really appreciated!! since the sanctuary lives on donations only, you can imagine how precious these presents are!!!

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bamboo

PICTURES OF THE DAY – J.A.C.K. was donated some bamboo a few weeks ago. But why does J.A.C.K. need bamboo?

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hay!

Two weeks ago, our sanctuary launched an appeal: we were asking if one of the local companies could have an empty truck driving from a city called Fungurume to our place in Lubumbashi (about 200 kms) since a farm was offering plenty of hay we need for the beddings of the chimps. It is still quite cold at night. The chimps need dry grass to build their nests and this precious hay helps us prevent flu!

No-one replied to our request. There are so many companies here in Lubumbashi, so many trucks daily on the roads, but no one answered. We had only one person promising to give a hand. But, as usual, nothing came out of these promises… Very sad, isn’t it? It’s obvious people won’t help if they don’t have any  financial interest … this is Lubumbashi mentality. Not to mention that chimps are animals and that people don’t care at all about animals…

So, I had to find a way to have the donation of hay in Lubumbashi. With my brother (who is the owner of the dry grass) we found a truck from one of our companies (my family has been doing its best to participate to the development of the country since 1898) and the hay got transported by our own means from the farm to the sanctuary.

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5 huge big bags of hay were delivered at J.A.C.K. earlier last week which is excellent news! Beddings are changed every day and the chimps love to build large nests at night. The 5 bags will last about 2 or 3 weeks. Other hay will have to be transported to J.A.C.K.; my brother says he still has about 30  big bags ready for the chimps!

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Again I wish to thank my brother Walter for the hay and I also want to thank some people of our company, Richard & Lucien, who helped us make this transport possible!

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Merci à vous tous de votre aide !

 

Roxane/ J.A.C.K.