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Tanzania condemn killing of wildlife conservationist Wayne Lotter | Coastweek

Wayne Lotter [inset] and Selous elephant [background]. He was a founding member and chairman of the PAMS Foundation. He had a Masters Degree in Nature Conservation and had 23 years of professional experience in wildlife management, conservation and environmental management, and community liaison and had worked in government, corporate and NGO sectors. Wayne had excellent project management experience, which includes his previous employment as the International Team Leader for the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Protection Corridor Project (KfW) in southern Tanzania. PHOTOS - PAMS

Tanzania condemn killing of wildlife conservationist Wayne Lotter

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania on 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 him.

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 traffickers.

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 the population.

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 Tanzania.

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.
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