During unforeseen times like these, the people working on the front-line in conservation are normally forgotten. Their work in Sub Sahara Africa is invaluable to us all in protecting the Heritage of the African Wildlife that we are borrowing from our children and grandchildren. As the movement of tourists has dramatically dropped in all National Parks, Reserves, Conservation as well as Wildlife Management Areas, it has given increased opportunity to poachers to move more freely and augment the entrapment and killing of the beautiful animals, we all wish to protect.
On 5 June 2020, I will attempt to climb Mt Meru, Africa’s 4th largest peak, with some friends. I hear that it is tougher than Mt Kilimanjaro which I already summited some years back, with the aim of raising money for PAMS Foundation.
The Founder of PAMS Foundation, Wayne Lotter, was a friend of mine before he was assassinated in Dar-es-Salaam in August 2017. Wayne was the one who instilled in me and numerous others, the great importance of conserving our Wildlife. His passion for his work and love of elephants, rubbed off on me and my children and whenever we see a big male bull elephant in any park, we call him Wayne.
PAMS Foundation has been involved in many important anti-poaching cases and were fundamental in the bringing down of ‘Shitani’ and the ‘Ivory Queen’ in Tanzania, which was documented in the Ivory Game which can be viewed on Netflix. Their work with local communities in conservation education is essential and teaches us all how to respect and the need for wildlife in our ecosystems.
I would be most grateful if you could pledge a donation and sponsor my climb so that we can assist PAMS Foundation make their projects a true reality. Every little will be most appreciated. Thank you!