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Uganda Conservation Foundation
Claire Bass - Exec Director UK
Rescue from a meat farm

JACK Sanctuary (Jeunes Animal Confisques au Katanga) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) specialise in the rescue and rehabilitation of Chimpanzees and other primates, caught up in the illegal wildlife trade.


This project came about when we responded to a public appeal from PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) to help with the rehabilitation of 33 primates, confiscated by the wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe. The primates were taken from the wild in DRC as part of an illegal wildlife trade deal. Fortunately, the specialised wildlife trade authorities were made aware of this and were able to intervene when the truck carrying the primates was intercepted in Zimbabwe. It is believed they were en-route to South Africa before being exported to the East to those who had purchased them as exotic pets or for exhibits within zoos and circuses. 


Once confiscated, the primates needed urgent care and attention due to the stress they had endured, and this was provided by a small animal welfare rescue centre in Zimbabwe with the help of Lisa Hywood - founder of the Tikki Hywood Foundation. The primates remained at this facility until the necessary paperwork was obtained to repatriate them to DRC. Sadly, the administrative process took 4 months and 4 of them didn't survive, but the good news is that 29 are now back in DRC and thanks to experienced carers at the JACK sanctuary they are well on their way to being rehabilitated. Once this process is completed, they will be returned to the wilds of DRC where they belong. 


JACK specialise in the rehabilitation of chimpanzees, which is very different from primate rehabilitation and in order to receive the 29 primates they needed to build specific enclosures and accommodation. With funding from OAT and others, they managed to build this facility in record time, and you can see from the photos here, they did an awesome job! 

What J.A.C.K. does

  • Restore protected areas that have been neglected through management, and anti poaching and wildlife crime initiatives

  • Support wildlife populations by supporting those that protect them and investing in infrastructure such as vet units

  • Work with communities to mitigate ever-increasing human-wildlife conflict

How Olsen Animal Trust helps

  • Funding of a Toyota Land Cruiser and necessary modifications to allow the vet to reach animals in distress

  • Funding for vet drugs and supplies 

Project Images - hover over for details

Cruel conditions
Temporary accommodation
Flight to freedom
Waiting for a home
Rescues arrived in the UK
Meeting their foster dogs
Volunteers in Romania
Confiscated ivory
OATOKE's visit to UCF

For further information on the work of J.A.C.K. please visit

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