Backstory: Preserving the Great Apes

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On today’s first Backstory, Ofir Drori talks about his fight to protect apes from extinction, and discusses the endangered worlds in Africa—not just of animals but of people. He’s the author of The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent.


Ofir Drori

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the reason one cares about geo-specific issues is that one cares for the planet as a whole. in desperately poor and traditional societies, those without power or a voice; women, children, and animals, always pay the price. When animals "earn their keep" through eco-tourism, there's a modicum of interest in their welfare...even by government.

Apr. 19 2012 02:12 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

I am sick and tired of hearing and seeing the sad situation of Africans. When their governments don’t give rats behind for their natural heritage. Why should we care?
A moonscape Africa with a population eating each other may be the future.
As for the traffickers, they need to be shoot dead.

Apr. 19 2012 01:40 PM
Amy from Manhattan

The trafficker whose son was a rebel leader was convicted, but did he serve any sentence?

Apr. 19 2012 01:31 PM

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