Johannesburg – A South African wildlife conservationist, Wayne Lotter, has been murdered in Tanzania. The 51-year-old expert on the protection of elephants was presumably shot dead by poachers on Wednesday night in the Masaki suburb of Dar es Salaam, Netwerk24 reported.
Lotter was the founder of the Pams (Protected Area Management System) foundation in Tanzania in 2009.
The foundation said in a statement on Thursday evening that it was “deeply saddened” by the death of one of its co-founders.
Lotter devoted his life to protecting Africa’s wildlife.
“As a young conservationist he’d begun his career in South Africa and then moved to Tanzania to start an anti-poaching unit.”
According to the statement, Lotter and his co-founders worked closely with communities to protect the wild against poachers.
He trained “thousands of young Tanzanians as conservationists” and they achieved great success, especially in protecting elephants from poachers.
The Guardian reported that Lotter regularly received death threats over the past eight years.
Tanzanian police have begun investigating the murder.
Lotter is remembered by his wife, Inge, and daughters, Tamsin Inge and Cara Jayne.
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