Help us rehabilitate the  20 monkeys resulting from the biggest primate rescue in Africa


In September 2020, a truck smuggling monkeys from the Democratic Republic of Congo to South Africa was intercepted in Zimbabwe on a route that some investigators believe is commonly used to traffic wildlife before exporting them overseas. 

The Founders of J.A.C.K.congratulate the Wildlife Authorities of Zimbabwe (the Republic Police, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority, the National prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe and the Department of Veterinary Services) for arresting the culprits and for providing care to the monkeys.

They also thank the wonderful team of the Chirundu Anti-Poaching Unit  and of the HEMMERSBACH RHINO FORCE who have brought the most appropriate care to these victims of the wildlife trade. Without them, they wouldn't have had the chance to survive nor to return to the DRC.


In addition, Franck and Roxane, J.A.C.K. Founders, are extremely grateful to Mrs Lisa from the TIKKI HYWOOD FOUNDATION as she has brought much support in getting the permits and the much needed papers on the Zimbabwean side...

It was clear to the Founders of J.A.C.K. that, since these monkeys originated from the DRC and were endemic to the this country, their place would be in the DR Congo and nowhere else! 

Therefore, in the DRC,  J.A.C.K., along with ICCN (the DRC National Parks Authority), the Ministry of the Environment and the Governorate of the Upper-Katanga Province, worked on the rescue of these survivors with the aim to rehabilitate them and to give them a chance to go back to their forests!

After 4 long months to get all the permits and repatriation documents, Franck Chantereau (Founder of J.A.C.K.) drove to Zimbabwe end of January 2021 with a DRC delagation to bring the monkeys back to the DRC. All the fees of the repatriation mission were covered by the DUTCH FEDERATION OF ZOOS and a truck and as wel as the 3 huge crates were kindly offered by the HEMMERSBACH RHINO FORCE to repatriate the primates to the DRCongo. 

The journey back home lasted 39 hours and all the new residents of the sanctuary arrived safe and well in Lubumbashi. Thanks to wonderful and generous partners and donors mentioned above, J.A.C.K. sanctuary managed in 3 months time to build huge facilities to accomodate its new residents at best! 

Formerly a great ape sanctuary, J.A.C.K. has now officially become a "primate" sanctuary with the arrival of these monkeys. Not only chimpanzees are now being looked after; J.A.C.K. also cares for monkey species such as Cercopitheci  and Cercocebi monkeys...

So, today, as you can imagine, funds are needed to provide these survivors with the best care !


Know that your support will make an invaluable impact. Taken from the wild, all these orphaned monkeys need your help and be sure that every single donation will represent a whole world to THEM!

To rehabilitate victims of the wildlife trade is  (1) to provide food and veterinary assistance. Very often, the newcomers are in bad conditions physically and mentally and our team needs to give them permanent care. 

In addition, the rescued indivduals must have secure and suitable homes to stay in and, therefore, J.A.C.K. still has to build more facilities. 

Some of you know already that (2) our African Winter is knocking on our door. May, June and July are the coldest months of the year and because our sanctuary is located about 1400m above the sea level, early morning temperatures can drop to 5°C/41°F.  This can be dangerous for some of the species we have just rescued as they do not stand temperatures under 12°C/53°F. Most of them come from warm and humid forests of the DRC which are about 2000kms/1243 miles away from our sanctuary. This is why funds are urgently needed to build warm facilities where our monkey residents can sleep at night during Winter and be released on the open air playgrounds once outside temperatures are warm enough.

For both projects mentionned above, your support would be highly appreciated. Donations take place via the Paypal account of our French Charity "Les Amis de JACK" as in the DRC we can't open any Paypal accounts to collect funds...


  Make a free donation for the building project of warm facilities
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$ 30 USD

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$ 40 USD

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$ 45 USD

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Thank YOU for THEM!

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