British based charity, African Promise – a small educational charity that supports the development of primary schools in rural Kenya – have expressed their heartfelt condolences following the passing of Rob Dodson.
Until his untimely and sudden death, Rob was Kenya’s Wildlife Works Sanctuary Ltd’s Vice President for Africa Field Operations.
He had worked for the company since 2001, based at their African headquarters located near Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary which adjoins Tsavo National Park in South-Eastern Kenya.
Posting on their Facebook page, the charity said:
“Our community is mourning the tragic and sudden passing of one of its greatest servants.
“A man whose passion for creatures with two legs and four has touched and changed the lives of so many in our project area and beyond over the last 20 years.
“A man whose generosity of spirit and adventure, indefatigable dedication and commitment, and wisdom and knowledge has done so much to inspire, guide and influence our own work in Kasigau over the last decade.
“On behalf of all at African Promise and our partner schools we send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the entire Wildlife Works team and to Rob’s young family.
“May you find the courage and strength to come to terms with this devastating loss and to build on the incredible legacy that Rob has left behind on Rukinga Conservancy and in the Kasigau wildlife corridor.
“Lala salama, Rob.”
The charity weren’t the only ones to take to social media to offer their condolences.
Dr Paula Kahumbu, producer of NTV Wild, founder Hands Off Our Elephants and CEO of WildlifeDirect Tweeted: “Unable to grasp the loss of Rob Dodson of Wildlife Works, gone far too early – condolences to his family.”
James Gray-King posted: “So sad to hear of Rob Dodson’s passing today. Also shocked. Rob was such an incredible warm hearted and generous person who did so much for…” while Eco-charcoal Ltd posted their own message via their Twitter account.
— Eco-charcoal Limited (@ecocharcoal_ke) March 3, 2017
Silo Sanctuary‘s Will Knocker Tweeted “RIP Rob Dodson
Great Work in Taita County with WildlifeWorks” along with a link to a New York Times article featuring Rob” while Jackie Arkle also used the platform to post her own message: “Rest in peace Rob Dodson. Gone far too soon. Wildlife conservation just lost a hero.”
Sending our love and condolences to Lore and all of the Wildlife works Taita family.
Rip Rob Dodson🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/TXl3lpmKIX
— No artificial colour (@MissHajera) March 4, 2017
Rob’s body was cremated on Monday 6 March at the Hindu’s Crematorium in Mombasa according to his wish and written will in the presence of his family members, relatives and friends.
His cremated remains were transported to the Wildlife Works Sanctuary Ltd’s offices in Voi’s Maungu the following evening for the staff and the community to pay their own respects.
He leaves behind his widow Lore Dodson and 2 daughters, 3-year-old Ella Min and 1-year-old Skye.