Fund For Wayne Lotter, Leading Elephant Conservationist Killed in Tanzania

  • US$25,646
    raised of $50,000.00 goal
51% Funded
225 Donors
Raised offline: $7,000.00
Total: $32,646.00

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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/

Media Coverage:

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/17/leading-elephant-conservationist-ivory-shot-dead-in-tanzania

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/world/africa/elephant-poachers-wayne-lotter.html

National Geographic: https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2017/08/19/tragic-murder-of-prominent-conservationist-a-grave-blow-to-defense-of-the-living-planet/

LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-global-conservationist-killing-20170818-story.html

Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/18/renowned-anti-poaching-leader-shot-dead-by-gunmen-in-tanzania/?utm_term=.4835ee034f2a

TIME: http://time.com/4906184/elephant-conservationist-wayne-lotter-killed/

The Star, Kenya: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/18/anti-poaching-activist-wayne-lotter-shot-dead-in-tanzania-motive_c1619020

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/wayne-lotter-shot-dead-anti-poaching-conservationist-queen-ivory-tanzania-pams-dar-es-salaam-a7900281.html

CounterPunch: https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/22/a-wildlife...

Fundraising Team

  • Krissie Clark
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  • Campaign Owner
  • Sophie Tremblay
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  • Advisor

Donors

  • David Bygott
  • Donated on Sep 30, 2017
  • Thank you for organizing this. I never knew Wayne but I appreciate all that he did, and mourn his loss.

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  • Niassa Wilderness
  • Donated on Sep 29, 2017
  • Our small gesture pales in comparison to Wayne's massive contribution to conservation. Hope it helps to honour his life and make things a little easier for his family. We think about Wayne every day and we miss his presence terribly. Much love from the entire Niassa Wilderness team.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 26, 2017
$25.00
Sep 14

MEMORIAL IN ARUSHA

Update posted by Krissie Clark at 10:25 am

A memorial service in Arusha will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Dorobo Campsite in Olasiti from 4 to 6PM. Please come to help celebrate the life of Wayne Derek Lotter, our hero and friend.We look forward to gathering together to share memories and stories of Wayne's

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Aug 21

MEMORIAL IN DAR ES SALAAM

Update posted by Krissie Clark at 02:47 pm

The ceremony to commemorate our inspirational leader and pay our last respects will be held on the 22nd of August 2017 at Baobab Village, Gate no 4, along Mwaya Street, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, from 16:00 to 18:00 hrs. There will also be a condolence public book for those who

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Aug 21

​MEMORIAL SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Update posted by Krissie Clark at 02:43 pm

It is with sadness that we announce the memorial service to celebrate Wayne Derek Lotter's life, who had devoted and given his life to loving his family, serving others, and protecting endangered wildlife. The service will be held in his home town Nelspruit (Mbombela) South Africa on Saturday 26 August

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Donors & Comments

225 donors
  • David Bygott
  • Donated on Sep 30, 2017
  • Thank you for organizing this. I never knew Wayne but I appreciate all that he did, and mourn his loss.

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  • Niassa Wilderness
  • Donated on Sep 29, 2017
  • Our small gesture pales in comparison to Wayne's massive contribution to conservation. Hope it helps to honour his life and make things a little easier for his family. We think about Wayne every day and we miss his presence terribly. Much love from the entire Niassa Wilderness team.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 26, 2017
$25.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 26, 2017
  • so appreciate the great valuable work you are involved in Krissie.

$100.00
  • fabio angeli
  • Donated on Sep 24, 2017
$50.00
$10.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Sep 21, 2017
  • My deepest condolences to all.

$40.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 21, 2017
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Sep 17, 2017
  • Hi Krissie - a little bit of help from myself and Susan (my wife) personally. Niassa Wilderness contribution to follow. Lots of love, Greg

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US$25,646
raised of $50,000.00 goal
51% Funded
225 Donors
Raised offline: $7,000.00
Total: $32,646.00

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities