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World renowned animal activist visits FGCU

By Chris Day. CREATED Nov 23, 2013

 FORT MYERS, Fla. - Just two months after two stolen primates were recovered in a Southwest Florida sting, world renowned animal activist Ofir Drori is bringing his message to Florida Gulf Coast University.

Working to end animal trafficking around the world, Ofir has helped put more than 900 traffickers in Africa behind bars. It was this message of activism that Doctor Deborah Monsotti wanted to bring to FGCU

"Ofir is the first one to actually fight corrupion in Africa, and make the actual wildlife laws work"

During his presentation Ofir showed his new documentary, Establishing Wildlife Encforcement in Africa. Ofir tells me,

"The crux of the problem is that you have organized crime, that is now controlling the illegal wildlife trade. And they act as the mafia, just like the mafia. They buy police officers, they buy judges, and they biy high politicians to help them"

He also wrote a book about his adventures becoming a crusador against corruption, called The Last Great Ape. One student who bought his book at the presentation tells Fox 4

"People really need to focus on how they're treating their animals, and how they interact with animals in general. Not as commodities, but as friends"

If you would like to help Ofir and Dr. Monsotti, we've posted a link to the Talkin' Monkeys Project under The Big Red 4 section of our website