Elephant conservationist in Tanzania gunned down by suspected ivory poachers

Discussion in 'News & Announcements' started by Royal27, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Royal27

    Royal27 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    8,883
    Video/Photo:
    92
    Likes Received:
    11,002
    Member of:
    DSC, NRA, SCI
    Hunted:
    USA - TX, CO, GA, ID. Africa - Zimbabwe and South Africa (Limpopo and EC)
    Elephant conservationist in Tanzania gunned down by suspected ivory poachers
    Published August 18, 2017
    Fox News

    [​IMG]
    Leading conservationist Wayne Lotter, 51, was killed by suspected ivory poachers in Tanzania Wednesday. (PAMS Foundation)

    A renowned conservationist who devoted his life to stopping the runaway slaughter of elephants in East Africa has been shot and killed by suspected ivory poachers.

    Wayne Lotter, a 51-year-old South African, was killed Wednesday night in Tanzania. His two killers ambushed him in a taxi heading to his hotel in Dar es Salaam.

    He had received death threats before the attack, The London Times reported.

    Lotter pioneered new tactics that led to the arrest of more than 1,000 wildlife poachers, the jailing of more than 300 and the dismantling of several large-scale trafficking syndicates in the past two years, the paper reported.

    He founded a conservation organization, the PAMS Foundation, which helped train thousands of game scouts throughout Tanzania to gather intelligence on poachers.

    Azzedine Downes, chief executive of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said he was “absolutely shocked” by the killing, The Times of London reported.

    "He was a larger than life character, seriously committed to ending the slaughter of Africa’s wildlife but with a sense of humor second to none,” Downes said.

    Tanzania lost two thirds of its elephant population between 2009 and 2014 because of rampant poaching and wildlife trafficking, which was able to thrive because of government corruption and in some cases complicity, the paper reported.

    Lotter rarely took credit for PAMS’ success in helping reduce poaching in Tanzania, The Guardian reported.

    “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,” PAMS said in a statement. The foundation vowed to continue his work.

    Lotter helped fund Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit, which successfully pursued a number of high-profile ivory traffickers, The Washington Post reported.

    In 2015, the unit arrested Yang Feng Glan, the so-called “Queen of Ivory” who was charged with smuggling more than 700 elephant tusks out of Africa.

    “It is hard to describe the exact feeling, but my stomach still knots every time I see an elephant carcass. I have seen hundreds over the last three years,” Lotter wrote in 2014 for ITV News, according to the paper.

    Tanzania authorities are investigating the killing.


    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/0...-gunned-down-by-suspected-ivory-poachers.html
     

    Attached Files:


  2. AfricaHunting.com

    AfricaHunting.com AH ENABLER FOUNDER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2007
    Messages:
    10,753
    Video/Photo:
    5,559
    Likes Received:
    4,840
    This is very sad! This is someone who has devoted themselves to conservation so fearlessly and confronted the criminal element that has taken hold in this part of Africa. What a tragic loss.

    My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
     
    edward and bilmcc like this.

  3. Brent in Az

    Brent in Az AH ENABLER SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2015
    Messages:
    2,431
    Video/Photo:
    3
    Likes Received:
    3,938
    Location:
    Arizona
    Hunted:
    USA - Az, NM, CO, MT, MN.
    That is a real shame. A good man gets assassinated for doing great things.

    The evil of these poaching rings runs deep.
     
    edward likes this.

  4. Nyati

    Nyati AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,159
    Video/Photo:
    103
    Likes Received:
    2,375
    Location:
    Madrid, Spain
    Member of:
    RFEC, RFETO
    Hunted:
    Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
    Sad news, RIP.
     
    edward likes this.

  5. cpr0312

    cpr0312 AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,335
    Video/Photo:
    327
    Likes Received:
    7,128
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member
    Hunted:
    US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe
    Saw that, very sad! Prayers for his family!!!
     
    edward likes this.

  6. edward

    edward GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    Messages:
    2,255
    Video/Photo:
    255
    Likes Received:
    2,424
    Member of:
    safari club,nra,d.s.c.
    Hunted:
    south africa and zimbabwe.alaska and several lower 48 states.
    hope the poachers become food for the maggots.
     

  7. cagkt3

    cagkt3 AH ENABLER PLATINUM SUPPORTER AH Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2017
    Messages:
    2,734
    Video/Photo:
    86
    Likes Received:
    1,764
    Location:
    Texas
    Member of:
    DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS
    Very sad news, thoughts and prayers with his family
     

  8. K-man

    K-man AH Elite

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,507
    Video/Photo:
    42
    Likes Received:
    2,190
    Hunted:
    Spain, Alaska, RSA, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, British Columbia, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming
    Sad news and prayers for family and friends. I wonder what the snowflakes on Facebook and other social sites will have to say about this unfortunate action.....
     

  9. CAustin

    CAustin AH ENABLER BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    May 7, 2013
    Messages:
    13,411
    Video/Photo:
    220
    Likes Received:
    9,615
    Member of:
    Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
    Hunted:
    South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
    It is a shame and it makes me mad! The criminals of the world fear nothing and will stop at nothing to commit their evil work.
    Prayers for him and his family.
     

  10. IdaRam

    IdaRam SILVER SUPPORTER AH Elite

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2014
    Messages:
    1,902
    Video/Photo:
    184
    Likes Received:
    3,084
    Location:
    Idaho
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, NAHC Life Member, SCI, DSC, Wild Sheep Foundation, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, California, Alberta Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe
    What a terrible loss. Deepest condolences to family and friends.
    His legacy will live on through the PAMS Foundation, which will hopefully continue to put the screws to wildlife poachers for a very long time.
    RIP
     

  11. Mort Hill

    Mort Hill GOLD SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2017
    Messages:
    714
    Video/Photo:
    69
    Likes Received:
    1,009
    Location:
    Brentwood, TN
    Member of:
    Life Member SCI, Director-Music City SCI Chapter, NWTF, NRA
    Hunted:
    SA, Zambia, Tanzania
    Condolences and prayers to family and friends. A grim reminder of the battle that is being waged against the real threat to conservation, the poacher.
     

  12. Kowas Hunting Safaris

    Kowas Hunting Safaris SPONSOR Since 2017 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2011
    Messages:
    973
    Video/Photo:
    412
    Likes Received:
    775
    Location:
    Central Namibia
    Member of:
    NAPHA, DSC, SCI
    Hunted:
    NAMIBIA and ZIMBABWE and SOUTH AFRICA
  13. Wheels

    Wheels AH ENABLER AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Messages:
    5,089
    Video/Photo:
    113
    Likes Received:
    5,480
    Hunted:
    Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
    From my understanding PAMS was responsible for a large portion of the ivory poaching arrests the last few years. Many of these were high profile making world news. He evidently stepped on some toes. Here is to hoping that the organization keeps up the good work.

    Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.
     

  14. bassasdaindia

    bassasdaindia AH Elite

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    Video/Photo:
    20
    Likes Received:
    751
    RIP
     

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice