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 Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.