Late at night on August 16, Wayne Lotter was shot and killed in the Masaki District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by unknown gunmen.
Wayne devoted his life to Africa’s wildlife, from working as a ranger in his native South Africa as a young man to leading the charge against poaching in Tanzania. In 2009, he teamed up with Krissie Clark and Ally Namangaya to form the PAMS Foundation. Together they worked tirelessly with communities in Tanzania to protect the country’s wildlife.
Through his work with PAMS, Wayne helped train hundreds of village game scouts throughout Tanzania. His groundbreaking work in developing an intelligence-based approach to anti-poaching helped successfully reverse the rampant rates of poaching, and he helped to dismantle some of the most important ivory trafficking syndicates in Africa. Though he knew his personal safety was at risk, he never backed down from the fight.
Wayne’s charm, brilliance and eccentric sense of humour gave him the unique ability to make those around him constantly laugh and smile. He died bravely fighting for the cause he was most passionate about.
The news of his death has sent shockwaves throughout the conservation community and as tributes pour in from people around the world, many have asked us how they can help continue the Wayne Legacy. We are setting up a trust in Wayne’s name that will immediately help financially support his family and pay for costs associated with his death, including relocating his body to his native South Africa and holding a funeral so his family may say goodbye.
Wayne leaves behind his wife Inge, twin daughters Cara Jayne and Tamsin, and parents Vera and Charles Lotter who all live in South Africa.
Anything raised above the amount needed to cover these costs will be used to continue his legacy by funding intelligence-gathering against the ivory trade and helping the families of other wildlife rangers who are killed on duty.
Police in Tanzania are actively investigating his murder and we will use this platform to update you on the latest in the investigation.
Because of the urgent nature of this donation request, money raised will be temporarily held in a personal Paypal account under the name Sophie Tremblay until an official trust can be established in South Africa.
If you have any questions about this campaign, please reach out to us at [email protected]
Thank you all for your support.
Wayne's Obituary by Dr. Jane Goodall: http://news.janegoodall.org/2017/08/18/wayne-lotter-remembrance/
Learn more about Wayne and PAMS Foundation: https://pamsfoundation.org/