The royal continues his tour of Nepal with a visit to a country park, a rafting adventure and a stay in a mountainous village

By Simon Perry
Updated March 21, 2016 09:35 AM
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Just call him the Tiger Prince!

On day three of his tour of Nepal, Prince Harry crouched down to imitate a big cat as he was shown how conservationists track the animal in a country park.

Harry, who is in the middle of a five-day tour of the mountainous country, spent Monday morning at Bardia National Park learning about efforts to restore the tiger population.

As Harry came across some cameras that have been set up to capture the nocturnal movements of the animals, the team at the park were disappointed that they had nothing to show. So, Harry – wearing a WWF scarf he was given when he arrived – was asked by his guide to mimic a tiger for the camera, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Harry, who was welcomed to the park with a message written on the side of an elephant, was pleased to hear that conservation efforts have clamped down on poaching and increased the numbers of tigers to 50 – up from just 18 tigers seven years ago. Harry praised the team and left a note in the visitors’ book, which his office at Kensington Palace tweeted.

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“I congratulate every single one of you for what you have achieved here. Working together has proved itself and no rhinos poached for three years is near perfection. Well done all of you. Thank you from all of us who care for all these amazing animlas and the habitat they live in,” the royal wrote, signing the book, “Harry, Capt. Wales.”

Part of the reason that Harry is visiting Nepal is to highlight the tourism and adventuring possibilities throughout the country that is recovering from the disastrous earthquake of last year.

In addition to his tour of the park, he also took a rafting trip on the Khauraha river and trekked in the foothills of the Himalayas to “see how Nepal’s natural bounty is being carefully opened up to visitors, so that conservation efforts an tourist revenue can become self-reinforcing,” his spokesman said in a statement.

The adventure-seeking prince has plans to stay overnight with a local Nepalese family.

The family he is staying with in the Pokhara region has ties with the famed Gurkha regiment, whose soldiers are drawn from Nepal.