Tchimpounga’s Chimpanzee of the Month: Jack!


Shy, Kind Jack

In 2013, a car came to Tchimpounga sanctuary which held two wooden boxes. In one box was a chimpanzee named Doudou, and in the other box was Jack. The two chimpanzees came with ropes and chains around their necks, and were very hungry and afraid. Quickly, the JGI staff started their work to heal these chimps emotionally and physically from the damage the people of their past had inflicted.

Caretaker Jean Aimé took care of them both during their quarantine period. The sensitivity and affection of this experienced caregiver greatly aided the emotional recovery of these chimpanzees during their first weeks in the sanctuary. Jack was integrated with Doudou in the group of juvenile chimpanzees, where he met other chimpanzees of his own age and began to create a new life, with new friends and new experiences.

After several years living in the facilities of the main sanctuary, Jack was transferred to the forests of the Tchimpounga sanctuary island of Tchindzoulou, where he has been integrated into a group of fifty rescued chimpanzees. Jack has a timid personality, but he still likes to play with the other chimpanzees, exploring this new island home!


AP0399-13To receive even more wonderful stories from our rescued chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, consider becoming a Chimpanzee Guardian here.Your donations allow us to keep our promise to never turn away a chimp in need, and to keep delivering expert care to our nearly 150 chimps.

Every Chimpanzee Guardian receives:
  • Bio card with photo of one of Tchimpounga’s chimpanzees
  • Custom Chimpanzee Guardian certificate
  • Exclusive art print
  • Large plush chimpanzee
  • JGI logo bumper sticker
  • Monthly updates and stories about the chimpanzees of Tchimpounga
  • Special invitations to webinars and events with JGI staff
  • And the knowledge that your support is saving lives!



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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology. She has a varied background including conservation fieldwork, scenic painting instruction, mural collaboration, public relations, communications, digital media, graphic design, photography, and documentary filmmaking. She has contributed to the digital news production company Zazoom, LLC (Buzz60) and as Communications Coordinator at the youth-centered, social justice organization Scenarios USA. Ashley is a swashbuckling artist and ukuleleist with a passion for sharing information to empower and using media to tell stories. Through growing understanding and empathy, she believes it is possible to ignite positive change, every day.