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Wildlife conservationist killed in Tanzania

Last Wednesday, Wayne Lotter the head of an animal conservation NGO, was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Dar es Salaam whilst being driven from the airport to his hotel.

Mr Lotter was the director and co-founder of the PAMS foundation and had received numerous death threats as a result of his fight against poaching and ivory trafficking networks. He was a prominent figure in the global wildlife conservation community and was largely credited with reducing the poaching rates in Tanzania.

Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, said:

"The death of Wayne Lotter is an utter tragedy. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

"Wayne devoted his life to combatting illegal wildlife trafficking and I know those of us fortunate to have worked with him are greatly saddened by his death.

"Wayne was a real champion for elephants. He understood the key role they play in the environment, in the vital tourist industry and he was most passionate in his work supporting the local communities who live with elephants.

"We must carry on fighting wildlife trafficking in continuing Wayne’s legacy."

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