J.A.C.K. a sanctuary to facilitate wildlife confiscations
It is thought that nearly half of the chimpanzees living in the wild are in the DRC. Unfortunately, although this Central African country has ratified CITES agreements protecting Great Apes more than 30 years ago, nearly no action has been taken in Southern DRC to protect them. Chimpanzees are still being poached, eaten and sold in the Democratic Republic of CONGO. This species is soon to become extinct if awareness is not advocated to stop the trade!!!
Therefore, J.A.C.K. Sanctuary exists to facilitate wildlife confiscations by the authorities. J.A.C.K. indeed works with the DRC Ministry of the Environment to enforce laws regarding wildlife and endangered species. Where would all these poor and traumatised souls have gone after being legally confiscated by DRC Environment officials? If J.A.C.K. hadn’t existed, ape trade would have continued and so many apes would have perished in the last 10 years…
J.A.C.K. is safe place for the rescued chimpanzee orphans.
Today J.A.C.K. is looking after 35 young chimpanzees aged between 5 and 15 years old. There are 17 females and 18 males at the Sanctuary. None have parental links as all of them do come from different areas of the country and all of them do result from the bushmeat trade and from the exotic animal pet trade. J.A.C.K. doesn’t buy chimpanzees. J.A.C.K. doesn’t sell chimpanzees. J.A.C.K. rescues them with the aim to put them back into the wild which is another step of the project.