We were shocked to hear that Wayne Lotter, co-founder of PAMS Foundation, and known for his courageous fight against poaching of wildlife, had been shot and killed earlier this month in Tanzania. This tragedy only demonstrates that the fight to protect wildlife and guard against poaching is still very real and ongoing. We are deeply saddened to lose one of the most inspirational leaders in this fight.
Dr Jane wrote about Wayne’s passing “Wayne was a hero of mine, a hero to many, someone who devoted his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife. There is no doubt in my mind but that Wayne’s anti-poaching efforts made a big difference in the fight to save Tanzania’s elephants from the illegal ivory trade. Moreover, his courage in the face of stiff opposition and personal threats, and his determination to keep on fighting has inspired many and encouraged them also to keep fighting for wildlife. Those who have been inspired by Wayne will fight on. But he will be sadly missed by so many. My heart goes out to his family and all who have been privileged to know and work with him.”