A British pilot who was working to combat elephant poaching in Tanzania has been shot dead.
Roger Gower, 37, was flying his helicoper during an operation when poachers opened fire on his aircraft. It is believed that he was flying over an elephant’s carcass when the shooting occurred.
He was able to land in the the Maswa Game Reserve, near Serengeti National Park in the country’s north. However, he died of his injuries before help arrived.
Mr Gower, a former accountant, was working with the charity Friedkin Conservation Fund, which was carrying out the mission with the Tanzanian authorities.
Charity Wildlife at Risk International paid tribute to the pilot, and commented in a Facebook post: “A huge manhunt is underway involving several organisations assisting authorities to track down this coldblooded murderer. For security reasons no further details are being released for now due to the ongoing investigation.”
Pratik Patel, a colleague of Mr Gower’s told the BBC his main job was flying people between different camps, but he also supported ground staff on their anti poaching patrols.