I wrote a letter to the director, Dr. Jeannot Frederick Ahoussou, who was a Veterinarian Inspector and wildlife specialist. Although he did not answer my letter, I managed to have an appointment with his secretary and met Dr. Ahoussou in person.
Fortunately, after the meeting he accepted me as a trainee. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I learned a lot—more than I was expecting. The topics of my internship were: Classification, Behavior, Wildlife Medicine and Organization and Purpose of a Zoological Park.
This internship gave me the opportunity to meet veterinarians, botanists, ornithologists, and biochemists: the whole scientist family!
It was an awesome experience; the zoo workers liked me and even the director was a very caring person.
But during my internship, which lasted about 8 months, I noticed that the animals were not in a very good shape and at that time the current director agreed with me. But he confessed that he could not do much about the situation, because he was a civilian worker with a very limited budget.
So I got in touch with the WWF -World Wild Fund antenna in Ivory Coast to see if they could help. Unfortunately, they told me that they could do nothing because the animals were captive.
I was very surprised by their answer and disappointed. So I asked this question: Whether they are captive or free, are they not all still animals? I was very sad and reported the story to a friend. My friend, listened to me and then told me this: « in my opinion you are perfect to speak up for these animals». I agreed with him.
The director used to introduced me to his visitors in these terms « this guy is one of my trainees and he is really passionate about animals. » In memory of the director’s comment and to protest against the position of the WWF, I decided to call the organization « Passion for all animals. » In fact I did not want to discriminate against any animals.
So this is how “Passion for all animals” or in french “Monde Animal En Passion” alias Panimale was born.