Raoul du Toit
Raoul du Toit is a Zimbabwean. He commenced his professional
career in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA),
having undertaken post-graduate training at the University of
Cape Town. He has been particularly involved in EIA’s of
large hydroelectric schemes on the Zambezi and Cunene Rivers.
He diverted into rhino conservation work through his appointment
in 1985 to the IUCN African Elephant and Rhino Specialist Group,
as Scientific Officer. For three years, he coordinated the conservation
efforts of this group within Africa. In 1988, Mr. du Toit developed
a WWF project to survey the status of black rhinos in the Zambezi
Valley and since then has worked as a Project Executant with
In 1990, he was seconded to the Zimbabwean Department of National
Parks and Wildlife Management, where he worked for seven years
to initiate and implement the Rhino Conservancy Project in Zimbabwe.
This entailed establishing viable rhino breeding groups in semi-arid
areas of Zimbabwe, amalgamating game ranches into large conservancies
to provide adequate habitat, setting up protection and monitoring
systems, and helping to deal with the ongoing economic and political
challenges to these private sector projects. He also helped to
establish the regional rhino conservation programme of the Southern
African Development Community and is involved in this programme
as a technical adviser on rhino projects in several countries.