Pilot Killed By Elephant Poachers In Tanzania

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on January 31, 2016

 

How sad…

And utterly frustrating!

A British helicopter pilot has been shot dead by elephant poachers in Tanzania, a conservation charity has said.

Englishman Roger Gower was helping authorities in Tanzania track the criminals when they fired on his aircraft, the Friedkin Conservation Fund said.

Outdoor Beasts Pilot Killed By Elephant Poachers In Tanzania

In a message posted on its website, founder Dan Friedkin said the organisation was “profoundly saddened by the loss of our dear friend”.

He said: “Roger was killed while piloting a helicopter during a co-ordinated effort with the Tanzanian wildlife authorities to track down and arrest active elephant poachers. In the course of this action the poachers fired upon the helicopter and Roger was fatally wounded.

Outdoor Beasts Pilot Killed By Elephant Poachers In Tanzania

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