Breaking News! Prince Harry Appointed President Of Conservation Group African Parks

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Prince Harry, right, and Roy Hensberg help translocate a rhinoceros in Malawi with African Parks. Photo by Frank Weitzer for African Parks

Yesterday he took a stand for foxes. Today he is focused on elephants and rhinos.

Now, in a move that underscores his growing commitment to conservation, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, aka Prince Harry, has been named the new President of African Parks.

The appointment was made public in a statement released today by Kensington Palace which emphasized that “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.”

“Coming from a younger generation it is incredibly exciting and I feel optimistic about the future because now is a real test‚” Prince Harry said on BBC’s Radio 4 Programme “Today”, which he guest edited, ”a real test for humanity to be able to swing that pendulum right in order for us to make our mark on this planet.”

African Parks is a conservation NGO, founded in 2000, that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments and in collaboration with local communities across Africa.

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, the only savanna park with central Africa’s largest protected wetland, is among the 13 parks under the organization’s management.

“We are extremely honored to have Prince Harry officially join African Parks as our President,”  Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, said in a release. “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. 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.”

Prince Harry’s first experience working alongside African Parks was in July of 2016 in Malawi, where he served as part of the expert team and helped implement the first phase of the 500 Elephants project, one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history where 520 elephants were moved over 350 kilometres across Malawi among three parks under the management of African Parks.

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.

In his role as President of African Parks, Prince Harry is expected to help raise awareness about pressing wildlife issues while also enlightening people how they can help.

He joins his brother Prince William who is also working to ensure the survival of elephants through the Tusk Trust among other wildlife initiatives.

WAN applauds Prince Harry for accepting this new position. May this mark a significant step toward the royal brothers ending their participation in hunting animals of any kind.

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