From a baseline of zero prosecutions under Cameroon’s wildlife law before LAGA began its work, each week now sees the arrest of an illegal wildlife dealer and around 87% of these are placed behind bars from the moment of arrest, with no bail granted. Prosecutions have reached the maximum jail term allowed under Cameroonian law and damages awarded have reached more than $100,000. Information regarding LAGA’s law enforcement work is disseminated through TV, radio and written press at an average of one piece a day. The model which Ofir and his colleagues have developed and which is spreading across the continent is considered by many, as numerous and prestigious awards illustrate, to be one of the most important developments in conservation in the last decade.
See below for some reports and footage of the amazing work being conducted by LAGA:
In October 2012, Ofir paid a rare visit to the UK Born Free offices to meet the Born Free staff. During his visit he took the time to sit down and film the below interview with Will Travers.
Some of the LAGA footage exposing illegal trade in wildlife currently viewable on You Tube.
Shocking image of a hand of a poached gorilla. Note the resemblance to a human hand. This is a seizure from a LAGA wildlife law enforcement operation against an ape dealer.The dealer was later prosecuted.
Successful LAGA ivory operation on a renowned dealer in Douala trading in illegal ivory.This is the second time the dealer has been caught with illegal ivory products in the Port of Douala.
More footage available here: