Conkouati-douli National Park, Republic of the Congo – Summer 2010. I was volunteering with HELP Congo, a program rescuing and reintroducing chimpanzees into the wild - “The only sanctuary in Africa that has no fences”. Repeatedly during my stay, I heard the name of“Naf”(for Naftali). He was apparently a previous camp manager who had contributed a lot to the work of the NGO. When we wanted to release chimpanzees, go to Naf, when we wanted to monitor wild chimpanzees near the Sanctuary, go to Naf, etc. I asked after him and learned that he left HELP Congo to join a wildlife law enforcement group in the capital, Brazzaville.
Since then, I started to follow updates from the group – PALF (Project for the Application of Law for Fauna). And finally, no later than few days ago, I had the opportunity via The PrimateCast to talk to Naftali Honig (see an interview with Naftali in National Geographic) and his experience as an activist fighting wildlife trafficking and corruption in the Congo.
Introduction by Cecile Sarabian
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