Elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate in Africa with Tanzania suffering 70% of the illegal poaching. If we don’t stop the killing now, elephants in the wild will become a thing of the past in less than a decade. The killing of innocent elephants shames all of humanity. Many conservation groups are sounding the alarm but the corruption and insanity continues. Power, greed, poverty and DEMAND for trinkets, baubles and bangles is driving the killing machine. And now we have lost one of our greatest elephant protectors! Wayne Lotter.
Wayne Lotter, founder of PAMS Foundation based in Tanzania, was shot in his taxi ride from the airport to his hotel room in Dar es Salaam on August 16, 2017. Wayne Lotter, who had helped reduce poaching by 50% in Tanzania, is gone! He worked tirelessly with local rangers and was adept at rehabilitating poachers and prosecuting criminals. He led the way for locals teaching and encouraging them to protect their most valuable resource; WILDLIFE. He told me a year ago in Arusha, as he was preparing for a CITES presentation in Johannesburg , “nine times out of ten a local Tanzanian would accept LESS money for doing the right thing, than MORE for doing wrong.” This was his greatest hope for elephants!
Wayne clearly posed a menacing threat to the illegal Ivory trade. His intel programs led to prosecution and serious prison time for the criminals all the way up the corruption chain. Wayne Lotter was a hero who lost his life protecting elephants and he cannot be forgotten.
Our aim is to honor and pay “Tribute to the Fallen” and OPD is introducing and preparing to launch “THE WAYNE’” a digital, interactive, virtual museum, It’s designed to educate, impact and create empathy for the world’s largest land mammal, the African Savannah Elephant, before it’s too late.