Now that’s what you call a vacation video.
The two-minute film shows Harry describing his role in the initiative, which aims to move 500 wild elephants from the Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve – a journey of some 220 miles.
The prince also wrote personal captions for five stunning photos that were also released on Friday.
During the summer Prince Harry helped African Parks with one of the largest elephant translocations in conservation history. HRH has written personal quotes to accompany photographs of the project. "A few of us trying to 'tip an elephant'. This young male was fighting the sedative drug and was headed towards the trees, which would have made it very difficult for us to get him on the truck. All directions were taken from Kester Vickery from Conservation Solutions and Andre Uys, the vet." (Photo 1/5) 📷 @africanparksnetwork
“Elephants. That’s one of the cores of Africa. You can’t imagine anywhere like this existing without elephants,” Prince Harry says in the film. “People can connect with them.
“One fears the overcrowding of elephants and wondering where are we going to put all these animals? You know? In some countries the numbers are dropping unbelievably quickly and in other countries you’ve almost got too many. So there’s this weird imbalance.
Prince Harry said: "Lawrence Munro and I met in South Africa last year and have been in contact since. We got him to give a fantastic brief to the Ranger students at Kruger on their graduation. This year he is working with African Parks as their operations manager in Liwonde. He's one of the best." (Photo 2/5) 📷 @africanparksnetwork
“So organizations like this need to constantly come up with new methods to move these animals, to care for them, to makes sure that these places are looked after. And this is a challenge. It’s a huge task.”
Prince Harry spent three weeks working on the ground — and air — in Malawi over the summer, where he helped to anaesthetize the elephants, fix radio collars and monitor their breathing to ensure each one was safely relocated. A role that Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, describes as “vital.”
Prince Harry said: "This big bull (male) elephant refused to lie down after it had been darted with tranquilliser. After about seven minutes the drug began to take effect and the elephant became semi-comatose, but it continued to shuffle for a while! They have a tendency to hone in on forests, rivers and people when in this state. Here we are trying to slow him down!" (Photo 3/5) 📷 @africanparksnetwork
“There has to be a balance between the numbers of animals, and the available habitat. Just how nature intended it,” adds Harry in a statement.
“In this case, African Parks, in partnership with the Malawian government, have re-established a safe area for elephants to be moved back to. This simultaneously relieves the pressure in Liwonde, and restocks Nkhotakota so both populations of elephants can continue to grow.”
During Harry’s time in Malwai — the first phase of the translocation — some 261 elephants were successfully re-homed in Nkhotakota. The remaining 239 elephants will be moved during the second phase of the operation during the summer of 2017.
Along with moving elephants, Prince Harry also assisted with relocating a male rhino and game species including antelope, buffalo, and zebra.
Prince Harry took this photograph and said: "'Kester Vickery from Conservation Solutions trying to get this Bull Elephant to lie down! 262 elephants were moved from Liwonde National Park and it was always the bulls (males) that needed a little extra to stop them. They are all now living happily in their new home in Nkhotakota Reserve, where there is more space for them to breed." (Photo 5/5) 📷 Prince Harry
“It’s amazing to see such unbelievable creatures being moved in a way that you could never even dream of,” Harry adds.
“To be with elephants – such a massive beast – is such a unique experience.
“In a weird way they know that we are here to help. Otherwise the wake up box would be a completely different story. And they are so calm. They’re so relaxed.
“They need to be moved to another place. So this is the most efficient and least invasive way of being able to do it.
“I can tell you that after three weeks there is zero stress on these animals and they are going from one beautiful place to another beautiful place.”