The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 October 2022
Dr Soto has a Masters in Environment and Development (University of Kwazulo Natal), BSc in Wildlife Diseases (University of Pretoria) and Degree in Veterinary Medicine (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane). He has 28 years of experience in the management and development of conservation areas, national parks, wildlife, natural resources and environmental management, of which the last 26 years have been spent in technical leadership and project management.
He was Head of Department of Fauna Bravia (1993) in the National Directorate of Forests and Wildlife and later Coordinator of the Transboundary Conservation Areas Project in the Ministry of Agriculture until the year 2000.
From then on he worked in the Ministry of Tourism and held the position of Coordinator of the Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) Project and National Director of Conservation Areas (this one for accumulation between 2006 – 2008).
As of 2009, Dr Soto only remained as TFCA Project Coordinator until his departure for SADC in June 2013. In SADC, based in Gaborone, from 2013 to 2014, he was the Technical Advisor for the Transfrontier Conservation Areas of the region.
In August 2014 he returned to Mozambique to hold the position of General Director of the National Administration of Conservation Areas in the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development.
Dr Soto joined the Peace Parks Foundation in 2018 where he now serves as technical adviser with regards to matters pertaining to transfrontier conservation in Mozambique.