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Charity appeal set up to honour British pilot killed by poachers in Tanzania

Roger Gower was killed tracking poachers in Tanzania. Credit: Tropic Air Kenya

The brother of a British helicopter pilot who was shot dead by elephant poachers in Tanzania has set up a charity appeal to help combat poaching in the country.

Roger Gower,37, was helping authorities in the Maswa game reserve track poachers when they fired on his aircraft on Friday, according to the Friedkin Conservation Fund.

Speaking to ITV News Max Gower said his brother was "passionate about animals" and that going to Africa gave him the opportunity to combine his love of flying and protect the wildlife.

Mr Gower has set up a Just Giving Page with the aim of raising £50,000 in his brother's memory to help combat poaching in the country.

"The elephant population in Tanzania is being decimated and unless something is done there is a real danger of wild elephants in the country becoming extinct.

"I've set up a Just Giving page so that people who feel the same as my brother did about poaching in Tanzania and want to try to help, all the money donated will go to charities whose focus is to stop poaching in that country."

Three people were reportedly arrested for the shooting in Tanzania on Saturday, according to reports from AFP news agency.

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