In a year where we've seen many positive steps forward in the elephant poaching crisis, Mr. Lotter's death was a devastating loss to the elephant conservationist community.
South African wildlife conservationist Wayne Lotter was fatally shot this week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mr. Lotter was as an advocate for the elephants, and worked to decrease poaching and the illegal ivory trade.
Jane Goodall mourned his loss, describing him as "a hero of mine, a hero to many." She went on to say: “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. If this cowardly shooting was an attempt to bring the work of the PAMS Foundation to an end it will fail."
The New York Times
August 18, 2017