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!

The founders of JACK

Jeunes Animaux Confisqués au Katanga (J.A.C.K.) started in 2006 in Lubumbashi, DRC. The chimpanzee sanctuary was created by two primate lovers, Franck & Roxane CHANTEREAU, who still run the sanctuary as volunteers in addition to their professional life.

Franck is a French man. He grew up in France and Spain and, since his very young age, he wanted to save gorillas and chimpanzees.

Roxane is Belgian and she was born in the DRCongo formely called Zaïre. Her family settled in this part of Africa in 1898. Franck and Roxane’s children are the fifth generation of her family living in the South of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Team in US and in the DRC

Today, the staff of J.A.C.K. Sanctuary is made of more than a dozen members: primate caretakers, a cook,  a person in charge of the enrichment program, as well as office personnel helping to get the word out about our work.  All of them work daily for the well-being of the primate residents.

In the US, the team consist of all volunteers that help get the message out about JACK and ll of its rescues.  We support JACK Primate Sanctuary because we believe wholeheartedly in their work and to support a better future for all of the primates in their care.