The British Monarchy
Simon Perry
December 02, 2015 10:40 AM

Prince Harry is opening up his private photo album from Africa – and it’s extraordinary.

In a series of images and videos released Wednesday on Kensington Palace’s Instagram, the 31-year-old royal is pictured in emotional interactions with the wildlife he is crusading to help.

When Harry embarked on his three-month conservation tour of southern Africa at the start of the summer, he tried to keep it as private as possible.

Then, he wanted the peace to work, and learn as much as he could about the battle to save some of the continent’s most-threatened species.

But on Wednesday he shed more light on his mission there. In one arresting image, he is pictured resting on the belly of a sedated elephant.

“How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone?” he captioned the photo. “None of them had names, so do we not care? 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.”

During his tour, he visited Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania – and in the latter caught up with the same black rhino his brother Prince William encountered two years ago. “I loved being able to send William this photo,” Harry wrote.

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