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In Memoriam: Wayne Lotter

Today we received the shocking news that Wayne Lotter, co-founder of the PAMS Foundation in Tanzania, had been shot and killed in Dar es Salaam.

For decades, Wayne was a fearless and vocal advocate for wildlife and wild places. Despite the obstacles that he faced, and there were many, Wayne was always planning the next step, looking for ways to extend PAMS' reach and, to his dismay, spending precious time seeking funds to do it with. Many people and organizations were only too glad to give him those funds.

A Ride-Along with the Machalilla Park Rangers

Machalilla's new patrol vessel, the Megaptera (Gustavo Crespo)

It’s 7pm on a Tuesday in Puerto López, Ecuador. The Megáptera, a speedboat donated by WildAid to Machalilla National Park, lies in the sand. Two Machalilla Park Rangers, Rodrigo and Wilfer, check the tide to depart on a four-day patrol of Isla de la Plata.

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WildAid Mourns Loss of Former Board Chair Tod Bensen

It is with deep sadness that WildAid announces the loss one of our greatest champions, former Board Chair Tod Bensen. 

We remember Tod for his generosity, unfailing support, encouragement and leadership. 

Tod inspired us all with his sage strategic business advice and his enthusiasm for WildAid’s mission and methodology. 

He was a relentless advocate for the organization and unfailingly generous in his support. 

Tod was a big part of WildAid’s success. None of what we have accomplished could have been done without him. 

On World Lion Day 2017, Africa’s Lions Face Crisis

Two years after the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe put lions into world headlines, Africa’s lions face a continuing crisis.

Over the past two decades, the African lion population has declined by an estimated 43%, with only 20,000 lions remaining across the entire continent. Habitat loss, poaching for bushmeat, and conflict with livestock owners are the primary killers of Africa’s lions today. Compared to trophy hunting, these threats combined are estimated to kill five to ten times as many lions each year. 

Nearly two tons of ivory crushed in New York

Authorities in New York today destroyed nearly two tons of illegal ivory confiscated in the state.

The crush was intended to discourage consumers from buying illicit wildlife products, and to demonstrate to traffickers and sellers that wildlife crime is taken very seriously in the U.S. 

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