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!
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
then, he welded all the metallic sheets onto the frames while Marc started painting the top of the tower
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.
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)!
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.
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
the 9 huge poles were fixed in the holes with concrete
the bricklayers built a thick concrete slab at the bottom of the tower
the welder built the frame of 2 platforms
Meanwhile, Marc, the painter, painted the old Jungle Gyms
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 🙂
Many, many thanks again to all the Friends who made this dream come true! The chimps will be overexcited !!!
VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Bright and sunny weather this morning and the chimps had their breakfast on their playgrounds. Today, they had banana leaves as enrichment and Tika sat with some members of his group. Not all were allowed to eat with him… Tika is the boss!
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!
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!
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!
PICTURE OF THE DAY – cardboard boxes enriched with yummy pieces of apples had been displayed on the different playgrounds of the chimps this morning. After eating the hidden treats, young Tongo didn’t want to tear the box and is now (two hours later!) still playing with it!
QUESTION – Kaly, what do you usually do when it’s raining outside and you have to remain indoors?
KALY’s ANSWER – the keepers always give me cardboard boxes and balls as they know I really love these enrichment items!
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