Chris du Toit

Priority Species Monitor: Tembe

Ever since I can remember I’ve been happiest while being outdoors and in nature. Be it hiking in the mountains, driving around nature reserves with my family or scuba diving in the icy waters of Cape Town. I’ve had an eager interest and great love of the natural world from a young age. While doing a gap year after high school I volunteered with Wildlife ACT and could not believe that you could have a job where you spent your days out in the bush looking for Painted Dogs and other endangered animals. I loved the experience so much so that it motivated me to pursue a career in conservation.

I finished my BSc Honours degree in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University and I wanted to get some practical experience. Embarking on a year-long field guiding course I spent time in some amazing nature reserves around Limpopo including the north of Kruger National Park and Mashatu in Botswana, gaining valuable skills and knowledge about the bush. I was also lucky enough to spend six months in Uganda on two very remote National Parks, doing a placement as part of the course. When I returned I knew I was ready to get to work on helping conserve some of Africa’s most threatened species. I am very grateful and excited to be part of the Wildlife ACT pack!