In 1960, there was an estimated one million chimpanzees in Africa. Today, hardly 172,000 to 300,00 are said to be left. About 40% of this remaining population lives in the DRC. Unfortunately, very few actions are taken in this central African country to protect them. Chimpanzees are still being poached, eaten and sold. This species is soon to become extinct if awareness is not advocated to stop the trade!
Who are we?
Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.– young animals confiscated in Katanga) is an independent, self funded NGO that started in Lubumbashi, DRC, in April 2006. Run by Franck CHANTEREAU and his wife Roxane, J.A.C.K. is a Sanctuary for confiscated chimpanzees.
Who do we work with?
Based at the Lubumbashi ZOO, J.A.C.K. doesn’t work alone. A Consortium has been created by Mr CHANTEREAU to face the problem of trade. Two Congolese institutions help J.A.C.K. in its duty: the Ministry of Environment (MECNEF) and I.C.C.N. (Congolese Wildlife authorities). The Ministry of the Environment (M.E.C.N.E.F.) seizes the chimpanzees; these are brought to the J.A.C.K. Sanctuary which works with Congolese National Parks (ICCN) for the future reintroduction of the orphan chimpanzees to the wild.
What we do and why?
The Sanctuary exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities through providing a safe place for the orphans to live for the time being.