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FGCU Hosts World-Renowned Animal Activist Ofir Drori Nov. 23

Airing latest documentary to raise awareness for the plight of apes

FORT MYERS, Fla. - On Saturday, Nov. 23, world-renowned animal activist Ofir Drori will visit Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to personally air a new documentary aimed at raising awareness for the plight of the world's apes, as part of the Talkin' Monkeys Project in Hendry County. The program takes place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Edwards Hall, Room 112.

Drori will present his latest documentary, "Ofir: A Wildlife Crime Documentary." The film portrays Drori's efforts for wildlife conservation, how he builds activism, the risks involved, his anger and frustration at the authorities, and his love for the apes he rescues. FGCU has the rare opportunity to be the second location in the U.S. to preview the film. The documentary has been aired only once before in the U.S. at the Seattle Film Festival and once in Europe at the Raindance Film Festival in London. It is scheduled to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014.

Drori is founder and director of the Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), a non-governmental organization devoted to conservation and wildlife law enforcement in Cameroon and other African countries. He has received many awards for his work combating ape trafficking, ivory smuggling, and corruption in Third World governments. Most recently, in late 2012, he received the World Wildlife Fund's highest award, the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award from Prince Philip of Great Britain. Drori is currently working on programs with Interpol and both Prince Philip and Prince William to save animals in Africa and around the world. His book, "The Last Great Ape," was a New York Times best seller and has been translated into many languages around the world. This is only Drori's second trip to the U.S.

For further information about this event, contact Dr. Aswani Volety, Interim Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, at (239) 590-7156.

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