On Tuesday (22 August), a memorial service was held for Tanzanian conservationist Wayne Lotter at Baobab Village in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Wayne was shot and killed last week in the Masaki District of Dar es Salaam when police believe two men stopped his taxi using another vehicle, opened the door and shot him.
The 51-year-old was chairman of the PAMS Foundation, an NGO that aims to protect elephants and giraffes by providing anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa.
Along with the gathering to remember the inspirational life of the International Ranger Federation Vice President, tributes have poured in from around the world including one from Tusk patron Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
“Wayne Lotter’s violent and apparently targeted murder shows just how dangerous the situation has become in relation to the big money that is associated with the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades,” he said.
“Rangers and conservationists put themselves in harm’s way every day to stop organised criminals destroying Africa’s natural resources.
“Governments and NGOs must win this fight for the sake of all of us, especially those in communities whose livelihoods are being plundered by murderous criminals.
“My deepest condolences to Wayne’s family and all those at PAMS Foundation for this senseless loss.” – Prince William
Among the guests paying their respects was Save the Elephants’ Iain Douglas-Hamilton and book of remembrance was also opened at the memorial service for friends and colleagues to record their thoughts and memories of the conservationist.
Wayne leaves behind his wife, twin daughters, and parents who all live in South Africa.
His family have created a crowdfunding page to raise funds to set up a legacy trust in his name to fund intelligence-gathering against the ivory trade and to help the families of other wildlife rangers killed in the line of duty.
Another service has been planned in Wayne’s home town of Nelspruit (Mbombela) in South Africa tomorrow (26 August) at Church Unlimited beginning at 11am.