June 18, 2015

The Last Great Ape

Meet Ofir Drori, a former soldier turned activist who is battling the slaughter of great apes in their native habitats. Jane Goodall has long predicted the extinction of great apes in the wild. Drori took that as a challenge, and suited up as a warrior to prevent Goodall’s sad vision of the future from coming true.

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Drori’s story is told in a stirring documentary by Mark McDannald, available for viewing free at cultureunplugged.com. Ofir: A Wildlife Crime Documentary chronicles a war against powerful enemies, not limited to poachers but extending to the corrupt government officials who protect them. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, if this is the way we treat our great apes, we don’t deserve to have any. chimp_heads