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In Memoriam: Wayne Lotter

Today we received the shocking news that Wayne Lotter, co-founder of the PAMS Foundation in Tanzania, had been shot and killed in Dar es Salaam.

For decades, Wayne was a fearless and vocal advocate for wildlife and wild places. Despite the obstacles that he faced, and there were many, Wayne was always planning the next step, looking for ways to extend PAMS' reach and, to his dismay, spending precious time seeking funds to do it with. Many people and organizations were only too glad to give him those funds.

The tide was starting to turn in Tanzania, elephant poaching had decreased in a number of areas, and this was in no small measure because of PAMS and the extraordinary partnership that it forged with the National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU).

Our deepest sympathies are with Wayne's family and friends, his fellow co-founder Krissie Clark, the whole PAMS team and the NTSCIU. The world of conservation has lost one of its brightest and best.