"Thirty-one year old Ofir Drori heads fight against illegal hunting, trade in rare African animals, through Last Great Ape organization. 'Israel is a real force in the fight against animal poaching, trade in the international arena,' he says Itamar Eichner
Published: 01.30.08, 08:32 / Israel Activism
Ofir Drori, a self-proclaimed adventurer, is one of the new voices fighting the illegal hunting and trade of African wildlife.
Hundreds of elephants, apes, lions, tigers rhinos and parrots are hunted in Africa everyday, whether for food, or for trade in their body parts.
Drori, 31, first came to Africa eight years ago, where he quickly became a human-rights activist. After traveling through the continent, he found that its hunting and poaching laws were barely enforces, he formed LAGA – The Last Great Ape Organization, which became a leader in the fight against poaching.
"If no one does anything to stop the illegal trade, many rare animals will become extinct in a few years," he told Yedioth Ahronoth Tuesday. "