It has been announced that the time had come today for Prof. Fritz Eloff; a Man amongst the lions and a Lion amongst the men.
Prof. Eloff was a well known Zoologist, he the headed the Zoology Faculty of the Pretoria University. Most of the Conservationists who contributed to what our National Parks are today were educated by this humble man. He never lectured, he chatted while everyone listened at the Eugene Marais Chair at TUKS for 42 years.
He was well respected internationally and recognized by all involved in Conservation.
Prof. Eloff was a member oh the South African Rugby Board executive committee for 30 years; he succeeded Dr. Danie Craven as Chairman of the Board. He was also a lifelong honorary member of the Blue Bulls and SARFU.
He was also Chairman of the International Rugby Board from 1989 to 1990.
Prof. Eloff was a member of the National Parks Board, where he was Chairman during the period 1979 until his retirement in 1993. He led the National Parks Board and its entire staff by example, Prof. or Oom Fritz and wife Valerie, were always welcomed with open arms by all..
He had a special feeling for the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and the Damaraland and Kaokoveld where he spent much of his time. Prof. Eloff and his colleague Prof. J. du P. (Koos) Bothma did intensive research on the Lions of the arid parts of our Country and its surrounds.
He wrote books about his beloved Lions, the fascinating Elephants and the Little People those who never exploited and only took what they needed – the Bushman, now sadly just maybe his latest book about those important persons in his life may not have been completed . . . .
He often contributed to KOEDOE and read papers at international conferences and lectured at conservation agencies.
When he spoke about the Lions of the Ngorongoro everyone went quiet and just listened to this fascinating man,
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He is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.
Prof. Fritz your legacy will live on and humanity will be much poorer as from today. We salute you.