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Prince Harry: President of African parks

NEW ROLE: Prince Harry says he is ‘optimistic about the
future’

NEWLY ENGAGED Prince Harry has been appointed as the new president of African Parks.

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation founded in 2000 that takes on the responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.

In taking up the role the royal joins his brother Prince William who is working to ensure the survival of ele- phants through the Tusk Trust amongst other wildlife initiatives. Peter Fearnhead‚ CEO of African Parks‚ said: “We are extremely honoured to have Prince Harry officially join African Parks as our President.

“Prince Harry has had a long history supporting conservation and humanitarian efforts across Africa. He is extremely passionate‚ committed and knowledgeable about the issues‚ and is a force for conservation not just for Africa but for the world.

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“He shares in our vision‚ and together‚ with him in this influential role‚ we aim to continue to do extraordinary things for the benefit of Africa’s wildlife and the people who live in and around these wild areas.”


PICTURED: Prince Harry working with elephants on a previous trip to Malawi

In a recent interview broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Prince Harry expressed his support for various environmental causes. He said: “Coming from a younger generation it is incredibly exciting and I feel optimistic about the future because now is a real test for humanity to be able to swing that pendulum and say right in order for us to make our mark on this planet.”

His father, the Prince of Wales, said: “We have somehow abandoned our proper connection with nature. Somehow imagined that we can manage without or we battle against her in every way instead of understanding that the future lies in working in far greater harmony with nature.”

On leaving the Army in 2015, Prince Harry has taken a deep personal interest in frontline conservation projects that work to protect Africa’s natural heritage and support both wildlife and local communities.

The statement says that Harry spent three months working on number of such projects in Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana. Prince Harry’s first experience working alongside African Parks was in July 2016 in Malawi‚ where he served as an integral member of their team‚ carrying out one of the largest elephant translocations in history.

Along with moving elephants to a new home‚ Prince Harry assisted with translocating a rhinoceros‚ a host of game species including antelope‚ buffalo‚ and zebra‚ and he facilitated in re-collaring three lions with GPS collars to help better protect them.

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