‘I found myself as the father of a baby chimp’

Israeli activist wins int’l prize for his work against ape, elephant trafficking.

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October 22, 2012 02:13
Ofir Drori with his chimp.

Ofir Drori with chimp 390. (photo credit: Courtesy Ofir Drori)

 
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When Israeli photojournalist Ofir Drori began his post-army odyssey through Africa, delving alone into remote communities on camel and horseback, by canoe and on foot, he never thought he would end up pioneering the take-down of a regional animal trafficking industry.

“I was walking thousands of kilometers, and that’s what I specialized in, finding the most remote places in Africa, where communities still retain their cultures and are apart from Western culture,” he told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “I had my share of adventures and misadventures.”

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Drori’s experiences snapping photographs in war zones and assisting in humanitarian operations turned him from an adventurer into an activist – a man “trying to give back to this continent that gave me so much.”

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