2010, April 1st

Dear All,

A few days ago J.A.C.K. had the visit of the recently nominated Provincial Minister of Environment, Dr Felix Kabange Numbi Mukwapa, who came to hand over Bihati, Athanga and Padda to our sanctuary.

Provincial Minister of Environment (left) at J.A.C.K.

You know that J.A.C.K. is working with the local authorities to protect DRC's endangered wildlife, to educate people and to enforce the laws as far as protected species are concerned. Therefore, J.A.C.K. hasn't got the power to seize wildlife and is closely working with the DRC authorities that make all the confiscations.

Franck & Provincial Minister Dr Felix

Once an animal is confiscated, it is handed over to J.A.C.K. and our sanctuary has to provide all what is needed for its welfare.

Visit of Provincial Minister of Environment

These 3 animals had been confiscated by the I.C.C.N. (the Congolese National Parks) of Goma and had to be legally handed over to the sanctuary. The Provincial Minister had come with journalists and media to cover this particular event.

Provincial Minister of Environment handing over chimps

As it was the Provincial Minister's first visit at J.A.C.K., Dr Felix Kabange was  impressed by our complex and action and really encouraged us to continue the good work.

first visit of Provincial Minister of Environment at J.A.C.K.

Merci Excellence Monsieur le Ministre Provincial des Sports, Loisirs, Environnement, Tourisme, Culture et Arts pour votre intervention, soutien et encouragements.

Roxane & Franck