In January 2016, Luc Mathot, wildlife law enforcement activist and director and founder of Conservation Justice, received me at his apartment in Libreville, Gabon for an interview.
Luc’s work on wildlife management started in the Central African rainforests of Gabon, Cameroon and Congo. Then, Luc became the manager of the Lesio-Louna project (“Projet Protection des Gorilles”) and the representative of the Aspinall Foundation in the Congo for 4 years. Later on, this experience led him to create PALF (Project for the Application of Law for Fauna) in Congo-Brazzaville in 2008, which was the first replication of the wildlife law enforcement NGO: LAGA – The Last Great Ape Organization.
Since 2010, Luc has been leading Conservation Justice, an NGO aiming to protect threatened species in Gabon from illegal hunting, logging and wildlife trade by increasing the level of wildlife law enforcement in the country.
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Photo credit: Luc Mathot