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A Tragic Loss
Zoos Victoria is deeply saddened by the news Ltadamwa Lordargos, a scout from Melako Community Conservancy, lost his life in an exchange of gun fire with heavily armed cattle raiders in Kenya on Sunday 11 May.
From 2008-10, Ltadamwa was a member of the scout group Zoos Victoria supports to help fight the extinction of the Critically Endangered Grevy Zebra. He was an exceptional scout and assisted Zoos Victoria staff at times during field work. He was later seconded to the elite 9-1 security team due to his exceptional skills in tracking wildlife. Named after its radio call-sign, the 9-1 security team represents the three ethnic groups of the area and combats poaching, road banditry and livestock theft, which is particularly bad in this region.
At 32 years of age, Ltadamwa was a wildlife leader within the community of Melako and is survived by his large family.
Ltadamwa is the first Melako Scout to have lost his life since the conservancy was formed in 2006 and a reminder of how committed and brave rangers and scouts are when working to secure wildlife and communities at the front line of conservation.
Our thoughts are with Ltadamwa's family and the 9-1 security team during this time for their tragic loss. More information, can be found on the link below.