Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry will spend the next few weeks working on front-line conservation projects in southern Africa, much like he did last summer.
The 31-year-old Prince is to assist with the relocation of elephants in Malawi, southern Africa, from two parks in the south of the country. It is part of the 500 Elephants scheme, which aims to move a similar number of the beasts.
It is due to pressure on the local environment that the elephants must be moved, as well as to help avoid any human-animal conflict. The hope is they will repopulate the local herd in their new home, and that the reserve may also help restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa in future, where numbers have significantly declined due to poaching.
The project involves tranquilising the animals with darts from the sky, then transporting them by truck and crane to their new habitat.
After leaving the Army in 2015, Harry spent the summer in southern Africa, supporting various conservation programmes. He even released his own personal photos from the trip, as well as a video of him helping a wounded rhino, which had been attacked by poachers.
The Palace says the work will ‘further enhance his personal first-hand experience of initiatives that support some of Africa’s most pressing conservation challenges’.
Conservation is another key area which the Royal Foundation supports; the foundation is the charitable vehicle of Harry and his brother and sister-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.