RIP Wayne Lotter 🏼
The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.
Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the Masaki district of the city of Dar es Salaam. The wildlife conservationist was being driven from the airport to his hotel when his taxi was stopped by another vehicle. Two men, one armed with a gun opened his car door and shot him.
Lotter was a director and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, an NGO that provides conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments in Africa. Since starting the organisation in Tanzania in 2009, he had received numerous death threats relating to his work.
Had this awesome encounter with a spotted hyena the other night while staying at Letaba camp in the @krugernationalpark.
The whole clan was cackling and making loud noises before this one paced up and down the fence, gave me a sniff, as I right by the fence, then laid down. Not showing any signs of aggression or fear.
At first it was amazing, hyenas are my favourite animal, along with rhinos. So to be this close and have it even sniff me was so amazing.
But then as the excitement died down and the hyenas moved away, you realise that it just wasn't quite right.
These hyenas have a den site near the letaba camp and most nights they come to the fence to look for food.
Either from people feeding them or throwing left over braii meat (BBQ) over the fence.
This has left the hyenas without the fear of people. Which can lead to human- wildlife conflicts and "problem" animals.
Hyenas have one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, they can crush and eat bones.
Please don't feed the wildlife in the national parks, let's keep them wild.
Still it was a awesome encounter, to be that close to a hyena, something I'll never forget.
I took this shot through the fence using my iPhone light as a torch.
I went to bed with the unforgettable sound of hyenas whooping and woke up to the sounds of lions roaring. I love Africa!
Here are 2, 14 month old Cubs I first photographed for the NGM TIGER Story. We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too.
If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also.
There are only 3500 tigers left in the wild! We need to fight for the right of tigers to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, tiger bone wine, tiger skin furniture and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice!
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families,
they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet.
They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not.
Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever
Check out Nat Geo and WildAid - “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid - Watch the Nat Geo / WildAid PSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81MKjmsnEgM
Check out my NG Book “Tigers Forever”.
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