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Prince Harry becomes President of African Parks

It was announced during Prince Harry’s stint as guest editor of yesterday morning’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme that His Royal Highness had been appointed as President of African Parks – a conservation non-profit.

In his new role, Harry will assist in protecting African Parks’ mission to protect the continent’s national parks. In addition, his role will also have him help in the advancement of African wildlife conservation and conservation of wildlife throughout the world.

Prince Harry, who has worked with African Parks since last year and has visited southern African several times, has a “deep personal interest” in African frontline conservation projects working to protect the area’s natural heritage, as well as supporting local communities and wildlife.

A photo released on 19 January 2017 by Kensington Palace, shows Prince Harry in September 2016 when he joined an RCB operation to fit electronic tracking devices to critically endangered black rhinos, which had been translocated to the Okavango Delta. Photo by Rhino Conservation Botswana / Kensington Palace via Getty Images

The Prince spent time in Malawi in July 2016 where he worked alongside the expert team in assisting the implementation of the 500 Elephants project’s first phase. This project is “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,” according to Kensington Palace.

His Royal Highness was named as the patron of the Rhino Conservation Botswana earlier this year; after leaving the Army in 2015, the Prince spent a number of months in the country, as well as Namibia, Tanzania and South Africa, working on frontline conservation projects.

African Parks was founded in 2000 as a conservation NGO which “manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments and in collaboration with local communities across Africa.” They also oversee the most significant conservation area on the continent of Africa for any single NGO. Currently, African Parks has 13 parks under their management.

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