Ofir Drori, winner of the 2011 Future For Nature award, captivates his audience with his wildlife crime fighting experiences and his passion for the conservation of nature. On October 28 he will give a lecture in Wageningen, organized by the Future for Nature Academy.
Drori is an activist at the forefront of the wildlife trafficking crisis. The 28th of October he will tell us about his work and experience in fighting wildlife crime. He is the founder of LAGA (Last Great Apes), an organisation dedicated to increase the rate of wildlife prosecutions and thereby tackling the trade in endangered animals.
Ofri Drori: “I came to Cameroon to write about the extinction of apes and realized very fast that the problem of the illegal trade that drives chimps and gorillas to extinction is routed in corruption. I exposed a shocking reality – almost all countries of Central and West Africa never had a single wildlife prosecution – total failure and Zero wildlife law enforcement. But I was not just angry with the African governments I was angry with NGOs and International Institutions that used millions of dollars of public funds and were just as part of this failure and worse - they were actively hiding their failure.”
Future For Nature Academy
The goal of the Future For Nature Foundation is the protection of species of wild animals and plants and the conservation of nature in general. Our hopes for the future lie with young conservationists. Future For Nature aims to stimulate a new generation of nature conservation leaders by providing support to young, highly committed and talented conservationists.
We highlight and fund their work through the annual Future For Nature Awards. Winning the Award – and even being nominated – has proved to be an incentive for sponsorships and other forms of support. In addition, we stimulate educational, fundraising and other activities centred on the work of the Award winners and nominees.