Raoul du Toit
African Rhino Program Coordinator, IRF
A native Zimbabwean, Raoul du Toit has coordinated conservation initiatives that have helped to develop and maintain the largest remaining black rhino populations in Zimbabwe. As a central figure in the development of private wildlife conservancies in Zimbabwe during the 1990s, du Toit was one of the few professionals left to keep these rhino breeding projects viable during the turbulent 2000s. He established the Lowveld Rhino Trust in 2009, with support from IRF and other donors, to secure large swaths of protected habitat. Today, du Toit and his small team work in and around the large Lowveld reserves to monitor rhinos, address injuries, reinforce efforts to tackle poaching and build community awareness of the need to conserve rhinos. He also advocates on the international level for rhino protection and has helped reintroduce rhino populations in Botswana and Zambia.