A British pilot working in Tanzania died after the helicopter he was flying was shot down by elephant poachers, says the organization he worked for.
The pilot, Roger Gower, flew near the border of the Serengeti National Park to assist local wildlife authorities when the helicopter was shot down.
- Roger was killed while flying a helicopter as part of a planned operation with the Tanzanian wildlife authorities to locate and apprehend elephant poachers, according to a statement by Dan Friedkin, leader of the foundation The Friedkin Conservation Fund.
- The poachers hit the helicopter, and Roger was mortally wounded, Friedkin adds.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Gower quit his job as an accountant in London to become a pilot and contribute in Tanzania.
The pilot approached the last of three shot elephants, killed by poachers, when they started shooting at the helicopter.
In Tanzania hunting is prohibited in national parks and reserves, and poaching carries sentences of five to ten years in prison.
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