DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Friday strongly condemned the heinous killing of wildlife
conservationist Wayne Lotter saying he has helped the country in
the conservation and anti-poaching crusade.
"We are in sadness.
"We deeply regret over his death," said the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism,
Gaudence Milanzi when Xinhua reached him by phone.
Milanzi strongly said the killing of the South African
conservationist will not deter Tanzania’s wildlife conservation
and anti-poaching movement.
Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening at Masaki in Dar es
Salaam as he was being driven from the Julius Nyerere
International Airport to his residence when his taxi was stopped
by another vehicle.
Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot
Speaking shortly after he had gone to console relatives of
the deceased and visited the scene of crime, Milanzi said Lotter
has been in Tanzania for a long time helping in wildlife
conservation and anti-poaching activities.
He said police have launched investigations into his death.
Lucas Mkondya, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police
Commander, said the police were hunting for the killers.
"The killers made away with three laptops, a mobile phone and
some documents from the deceased," he told a news conference,
adding that Lotter was killed at around 11 pm along Haile
Selassie road at Masaki.
Lotter was a director and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation,
an NGO that provides conservation and anti-poaching support to
communities and governments in Africa.
The PAMS Foundation supported Tanzania’s elite anti-poaching
National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit
(NTSCIU) which was responsible for arrests of major ivory
Since 2012, the unit has arrested more than 2,000 poachers
and ivory traffickers and has a conviction rate of 80 percent.
The latest elephant census data suggests that elephant
populations fell by 30 percent in Africa between 2007 and 2014.
Tanzania experienced one of the biggest declines in elephant
numbers, where the census documented a 60 percent decrease in
Lotter was born in Johannesburg on December 4, 1965. In 1990,
he obtained a Master’s degree in conservation.
In his 25-year career, he worked for wildlife conservation in
government, the corporate and non-profit sectors. After
obtaining his degree he worked mainly in South Africa and
In 2006, he started the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Protection
Corridor Project in Namtumbo and Tunduru districts in Ruvuma
region, and in 2013 he got involved in anti-poaching activities
implemented by the NTSCIU.
In 2006, he co-founded PAMS Protected Area Management System
Foundation commonly known as PAMS Foundation, which is one of
the supporters in the war against poaching in Tanzania.
PAMS means to provide Protected Area Management Solutions