Success: Justice for Murdered Elephant Conservationist

Target: Simon Sirro, Inspector General of Police, Tanzania Police Force

Goal: Applaud the arrest and charging of eight people for the murder of renowned elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter.

Justice has finally been served for conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was gunned down in August while in a taxi returning from the airport. Eight people have been charged with murder and conspiracy to murder by a Tanzania court. Following petitions like this one at ForceChange, this marks a victory for conservation and compassion in Tanzania and internationally.

Wayne Lotter was one of the founders of the PAMS Foundation, an organization that fought ivory trafficking and elephant poaching. In a statement, PAMS congratulated the Tanzania Police Force on capturing the individuals allegedly responsible for shooting and killing Lotter, and said, “Wayne was a visionary conservationist working with indefatigable determination to save Tanzania’s wildlife and we are relieved that some of the perpetrators responsible for his untimely death have been apprehended and are being brought to justice.” Sign below to show support for Lotter’s invaluable influence on elephant conservation, and for the authorities who worked to bring his alleged killers to justice.


Dear Inspector General Sirro,

The murder of conservationist Wayne Lotter was a shocking and senseless tragedy. Lotter was a leader in the vital fight for the conservation of elephants in Tanzania and combatting the trafficking of ivory. His death in August, when he was shot by unknown gunmen while leaving the airport, was a major blow.

The news that eight people have been arrested in this case, and that the courts are charging those individuals with murder and the conspiracy to murder, is a major victory. It is an important moment for Wayne Lotter and his loved ones, as well as for Tanzania’s wildlife. Thank you for your efforts in ensuring that these alleged killers were brought to justice.


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Photo Credit: Tony Knight

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  1. GEN AGUSTSSON says:


  2. Robert Ortiz says:

    May they be punished to the fullest extent for their crime! Murder is wrong.

  3. Tina shurtleff says:

    Hope they get life in prison and I hope Tanzania takes an extra step and bans Trophy Hunting as well. It’s time to really start saving these wonderful animals before they are gone.

  4. D. Farrimond says:


  5. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization. The Almighty beareth Me witness: To act like the beasts of the field is unworthy of man. Those virtues that befit his dignity are forbearance, mercy, compassion and loving-kindness towards all the peoples and kindred’s of the earth. – Baha’i Faith Writings

    Now that justice has been served I sincerely hope his soul can rest in peace.

  6. Thank you! I hope they all experience the same fate!

  7. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & shared

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