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Photograph: Krissie Clark/PAMS Foundation
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 humour 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.
Tanzanian police have launched an investigation into his death.
PAMS Foundation Team
2017/08/17, 16:49 – GRAA: Wayne Lotter has been shot and murdered. Our condolences must go to his family. I will update as more information comes in. Very sad news. Considering Wayne’s work suspicion is raised around his death.
2017/08/17, 17:22 – +258 87 301 1754: 😳
2017/08/17, 17:25 – +27 83 654 8415: This sounds unreal! What a loss to conservation management for the continent!! Sad, sad, sad!!
2017/08/17, 19:32 – Tim: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania