Prince Harry is opening up his private photo album from Africa – and it’s extraordinary.
Prince Harry has released this personal video taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the video… "These baby rhinos are at an orphanage because their mothers were killed by poachers. I can’t say where this is for obvious reasons. But I spent an afternoon with Petronel Nieuwoubt who runs the orphanage. The youngest rhino was called Don. He was just two months old when he was found in Kruger National Park. Petronel has students and volunteers from all over the world come to look after these orphans. They pay for this experience and that money is used for milk, food, fencing and rangers for security." For more information go to: www.careforwild.co.za Video ©Prince Harry
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.
Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… "I was working with Dr. Mark Jago and Dr. Pete Morkel in Namibia. Some countries are de-horning small populations of rhino to deter poachers from shooting them. It is a short-term solution and surely no substitute for professional and well-trained rangers protecting these highly sought-after animals. De-horning has to be done every two years for it to be effective and can only realistically be done with small populations in open bush. My initial task each time was to monitor the heart rate and oxygen levels and help stabilise them as quickly as possible. My responsibilities then grew to taking blood and tissue samples and the de-horning itself." You can learn more and how to help by visiting: https://www.savetherhino.org/africa_programmes/save_the_rhino_trust_namibia Photograph © Prince Harry
Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… "This was the second time Zawadi, a female black rhino, met someone from my family. My brother William fed her three years ago in Kent just before she left under a translocation project to Tanzania where she now lives in a sanctuary. Thanks to the passion and stubbornness of Tony Fitzjohn OBE and his amazing rangers, she and many others are living it up in the bush and their numbers are growing. She goes nuts for carrots and I loved being able to send William this photo. Hats off to Tusk Trust." http://www.tusk.org/mkomazi-national-park Photograph ©Prince Harry
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.
Prince Harry has released this personal video taken during his visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the video… "Trying to stop a three tonne rhino with a rope and a blindfold isn’t easy! Especially in this harsh terrain in Botswana. Mapp Ives and Kai Collins, with the help of Botswana Defence Force and the government, are doing everything they can to protect their newly reintroduced rhino population. This sometimes means having to sedate them to check on how they’re doing." If you want to find out more, look at Rhino Conservation Botswana: www.rhinoconservationbotswana.com/rhinoconservatio.html Video © Prince Harry
We hope you've enjoyed seeing Prince Harry's photos on instagram today, and thank you for taking the time to read his stories on this important issue. As Prince Harry said in his speech at Kruger National Park today: "There is no pretending that any of this will be easy. It won't be. But when we win this battle and reverse the rise in poaching, the victory will belong first and foremost to those on the frontiers." And here is the proof that the battle can be won. A female rhino who had her horn hacked off by poachers in 2012. She now has a baby calf called Thembi. Photograph © Prince Harry
“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.