Prince Harry has released personal photos on the royal's Instagram account of his incredible conservation work in Southern Africa, according to USA Today. Harry worked on the frontline with protection projects for Africa's endangered animals.
The prince's photos showed the cruelly mutilated rhinos de-horned so they wouldn't be targeted by poachers. He also showed a magnificent picture of a medically sedated Elephant he is hugging. Harry, 31, is a patron of wildlife conservation with his brother, Prince William, and he spent three months this summer working alongside the African rangers on different conservation projects.
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Harry is almost finished with his official visit to Lesotho and South Africa on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother, and also Sentebale, his African children's charity. He spent Wednesday at Kruger National Park working with anti-poaching efforts of rhinos and elephants.
"Kruger is one of the most beautiful places on Earth," Harry said, according to the Christian Science Monitor. "Its animals are a huge part of the South Africa's economy. Across all of Africa, 80% of tourism revenue is dependent on people coming to see iconic wildlife. But in recent years, Kruger has become a major killing field."
"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?" Prince Harry asks on Instagram, under a photo of him hugging an elephant. "Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty."
"If current poaching rates continue there will be no wild African elephants or rhinos left by the time children born this year, like my niece [Princess] Charlotte, turn 25," said Harry. "If we let this happen, the impact on the long-term prosperity of this country and on the natural heritage of the planet will be enormous and irreversible."
"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," Harry captioned the picture on Instagram, according to Us Weekly. "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."