Prince Harry will travel to southern Africa for elephant conservation project

Prince Harry will follow up his successful work with the Terrance Higgins Trust to normalise HIV testing by travelling to southern Africa to lend a hand on a few conservation projects. After seeing the vulnerability of local communities and wildlife last summer, he's working with experts to develop programs to protect them.

Harry will work closely with the African Parks 500 elephants project, which will see up to 500 elephants moved to a wildlife reservation in central Malawi. It will be one of the largest and most significant translocations in wildlife history, and it's taking place to alleviate human wildlife conflict.


Prince Harry beside an elephant's skeleton left behind
Prince Harry saw the horrific reality of poaching last time he was in Africa

Proposed future projects include plans to restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa, which have significantly declined due to poaching.

Last time he was in Africa Harry saw the horrific reality of poaching, when he was shown the bodies of a female rhino and her calf, who were both slaughtered for her horn.

Prince Harry hugging an elephant while it lays on the ground
Harry will visit Africa again to work on a project to move endangered elephants to safety

Kensington Palace later posted a photo of an emotional Harry hugging one of the elephants he'd helped to free, and he added: "After a very long day in Kruger National Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants freed from their collars – like this sedated female – I decided to take a moment.

"How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? And for what? Their tusks? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty."

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