Prince Harry published a series of personal photographs today that he snapped whilst visiting South Africa in the summer as part of Prince Harry’s campaign to save endangered animals, and stop the rise in poaching around the world.
Prince Harry with a rhino in South Africa

In a heartfelt and emotional plea to all of his followers, fans, and fellow animal lovers, Prince Harry called for greater attention to be drawn to the problem of poachers, and action to be taken against the rise in poaching in countries such as Africa.

Prince Harry and Prince William visiting The Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana, Africa - 15th June 2010

Prince Harry and Prince William visiting The Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana, Africa – 15th June 2010

Prince Harry’s campaign to save endangered animals supports the work undertaken by his big brother Prince William, of whom Prince Harry said he was, “incredibly proud”. Speaking at the South African Wildlife College Prince Harry said, “My brother William has put the fate of endangered species back on the global agenda…This is a test for all humanity and we cannot afford to fail. Nature needs us to fight her battles and protect her animals.”

Prince Harry in South Africa

Sharing this touching photo of himself with a sedated female elephant lying in a South African National Park, Prince Harry chose to make the story behind the photograph public. He revealed:

 “After a very long day in Kruger National Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants freed from their collars – like this sedated female – I decided to take a moment.
I know how lucky I am to have these experiences, but hearing stories from people on the ground about how bad the situation really is, upset and frustrated me. How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? 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.”

He went on to share further photographs of his trip, and the touching and humours stories behind them…

“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.”

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See more from Prince Harry’s latest visit to South Africa here…