The LAGA Family is less than a dozen activists. An NGO without a single vehicle. In a world of multi-nationals among the conservation industry giants, LAGA is proud to be small and slim.
Tah Eric Kaba is the Deputy Director and Head of Media
and External Relations Department of LAGA, has worked in several places
"I first came into contact with the serious problem of wildlife
extinction orchestrated by greedy illegal wildlife traders some few
years back when I had to go on mission shortly after volunteering to
work with the Communication Department of LAGA. When I arrived Abong
Mbang, a small town located at some 150 kilometers from Yaounde the
capital of Cameroon that evening, I was on my first field assignment
with the Communication Department of LAGA. I had to shoot photos of
gorilla parts that had been butchered from a poached gorilla. I stared
at the head that had been chopped off the gorilla and it stared back
with a still blank stare. My stare was alive and his dead. It had been
smoked and stored in a deep freezer ready for trade. Since then I have
been fighting this illegal trade while learning and understanding other
problems of our society. Other problems which must be equally
confronted. It takes just the efforts of one determined and committed
citizen to make a change".
I33."As a Cameroonian, what we commonly see and hear about are well drafted laws with improper applications and dysfunctional Institutions vested with powers for the proper application of laws. LAGA is an incorruptible beacon in this domain and it touches an area I am particularly interested in, Wildlife Conservation. This is the true motivation for being part of LAGA and I am honoured to be involved in a successful venture with very limited financial resources. I hope this example will be emulated and applied in other areas especially the fight against corruption".
Egbe Anna Etaka is the Assistant Head of the Media and External Relations Department of LAGA. There is an adage that says: “A journey of thousand miles begins with a step”. LAGA is like a step to the journey of my career. Working with LAGA is a great experience as I can put it. I mean, the sense of working as a family though from different cultural and social backgrounds makes the work sphere a home. The activities carry out by LAGA to ensure the protection of endangered wildlife species is just awesome. What strikes me most is the return of the four gorillas to Cameroon from South Africa. The event is a remarkable one to me not as an observer but as a participatory observant. Seeing how much value was attributed to these animals at the Douala International Airport, people came from different parts of the world to commemorate the event. I realised how passionate I should embrace the fight though as a linguist. Yes!
Arrey Emmanuel Enow the Interim Director. Volunteerism and activism is a part of me and these ties with the philosophy of LAGA which has kept me realizing my objectives. In my tradition, we believe in totems and these totems are endangered species. Protecting the endanger species is like protecting my tradition and conserving my culture. I believe to spend as more time as I can with the wonderful LAGA family where every one wants to see a collective growth.
The protection of wildlife species facing extinction is the duty of all citizens in the world. As such neither the wickedness of poachers nor cunning and audacity of traffickers or even corruption of certain administrative authorities can curb our enthusiasm for the protection of wildlife species threatened with extinction. We have as objective to preserve our wildlife heritage. It is therefore our responsibility to protect the interests of present and future generations which LAGA gives us the privilege to bring in our own contribution.
Bi Unice Management Assistant LAGA is the last straw that breaks the camel’sback; it’s the strategies put in place to track down traffickers coupled with it coordinated team work and technique is so unique. Each time I vision the future with no elephants, gorillas chimps etc for my daughter and other children in the world to see, it greatly motivates my engagement in wildlife law enforcement. I am honoured to be part of this venture.
Ofir Drori, "The man in black fighting for apes" and Director of LAGA. An Israeli by everything and a human right activist in Africa who out of the desire to be a contributing factor in Africa, after spending years in different African forest areas, decided to start LAGA . "Seeing the problem in Cameroon made me stop everything to try and be a part of changing reality in Africa".