R.I.P. Leading Elephant Conservationist, Wayne Lotter, Tragically Killed In Tanzania
Photographs by Krissie Clark/PAMS Foundation
The world suffered a tremendous loss last night when leading South African elephant conversationalist, Wayne Lotter, was shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.
A distinguished member of the international conservation community, Lotter had served on numerous boards of prominent groups and was the Vice President of the International Ranger Federation; all this in addition to his work as a director for PAMS Foundation, a non-profit organization he co-founded with Krissie Clark in 2009, to provide conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa.
According to an article in the Guardian, Lotter, who had previously received death threats relating to his work, was en route to his hotel from the airport when two men, one armed with a gun, stopped his car, opened the door, and shot him.
The PAMS Foundation shared the tragic news on its Facebook page today noting that Tanzanian police are currently investigating the crime that stole the 51-year-old wildlife conservationist’s life.
The heartfelt post reads as follows:
We are heartbroken to share the news that PAMS Foundation co-founder, Wayne Lotter was shot and killed last night in the Masa-ki District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Wayne devoted his life to Africa’s wildlife, from working as a ranger in his native South Africa as a young man to leading the charge against poaching in Tanzania. Wayne cared deeply about the people and animals that populate this world. In 2009, he teamed up with Krissie Clark and Ally Namangaya to form the PAMS Foundation. Together they worked tirelessly with communities in Tanzania to protect the country’s wildlife.
Wayne believed communities were the best protectors of the continent’s animals. Through his work with PAMS, he helped train thousands of village game scouts in every corner of the country. His ground-breaking work in developing an intelligence-based approach to anti-poaching helped successfully reverse the rampant rates of poaching facing Tanzania.
Wayne’s charm, brilliance and eccentric sense of humor gave him the unique ability to make those around him constantly laugh and smile. He died bravely fighting for the cause he was most passionate about.
Wayne leaves behind his wife Inge, daughters Cara Jayne and Tamsin, and parents Vera and Charles Lotter. We all grieve with his family, colleagues, and friends. His legacy will continue in our work.
Lotter and the PAMS Foundation funded and supported Tanzania’s elite anti-poaching National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) which was responsible for the arrest of the Yang Feng Glan, dubbed by some as the “Queen of Ivory” as well as numerous other high-profile elephant poachers.
Since 2012, the team has reportedly arrested more than 2,000 poachers and ivory traffickers and has a conviction rate of 80 percent.
The world was a better place because of Wayne Lotter and he will undoubtedly be severely missed by the community and animals he dedicated his life to protecting.
As per its website, the PAMS Foundation (Protected Area Management Solutions) Produces Solutions locally; Acts synergistically with partners; Models effective strategies for combating poaching and illegal wildlife trade; and Shapes future approaches for wildlife conservation.
WAN encourages people to visit the website for further information to find out ways they can help. Donations to support the PAMS Foundation can also be made Here!
Your Selfless Work On Behalf Of The Voiceless Will Not Be Forgotten, We Will Continue The Fight To Save All Animals On Your Behalf!
May You Rest In Peace, Heaven Has Gained Another Angel!