Prince Harry goes in to bat for jum­bos

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LON­DON: Prince Harry has re­leased pho­to­graphs and videos of his tak­ing part in one of the world’s big­gest ele­phant con­ser­va­tion projects this year, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs of him spray­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion marks on a darted ele­phant.

The prince spent three weeks in Malawi where he worked along­side vol­un­teers, vets and ex­perts on the front line of one of the largest and most sig­nif­i­cant ele­phant translo­ca­tions, to move 500 an­i­mals from Ma­jete and Li­wonde, where num­bers are thriv­ing, to help re­plen­ish stocks in Nkho­takota Wildlife Re­serve, which is now un­der the con­trol of African Parks and will al­low ele­phants to live safely.

The prince’s com­ments on the project were re­leased in a state­ment is­sued by Kens­ing­ton Palace yes­ter­day.

“Hu­man pop­u­la­tions in south­ern Africa have in­creased an­nu­ally by an av­er­age of 1.16% from 1960 to to­day, from 73 mil­ion to 320 mil­lion,” Harry said, speak­ing on the im­por­tance of the work.

“There is no ques­tion at all that Africa’s wildlife will be in­creas­ingly sus­cep­ti­ble to grow­ing hu­man pop­u­la­tions and their re­quire­ments for land.

“Ele­phants sim­ply can’t roam freely like they used to with­out com­ing into con­flict with com­mu­ni­ties, or be­ing threat­ened by poach­ing and per­se­cu­tion.”

Tak­ing part in this project, the prince was keen to get ex­pe­ri­ence on the front line of con­ser­va­tion, and learn more about the is­sues af­fect­ing wildlife in Africa.

He wanted to re­lease the video and pho­to­graphs, to which he has writ­ten cap­tions, to draw at­ten­tion to this im­por­tant work, and the scale and am­bi­tion of the project. – Week­end Ar­gus Re­porter

Prince Harry with vets and other vol­un­teers holds on to an ele­phant while work­ing with African Parks in Malawi.

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