His Royal Highness, Prince Harry spent last summer in South Africa. He will be returning there for a few weeks this summer to work on the frontlines of various conservation projects affecting the region.
According to Kensington Palace, Harry has been working with experts to design a program that he will be able to support. Mainly through focusing on initiatives which support wildlife conservation through protecting southern Africa’s wildlife and local communities.
One important project he will lend his support to is African Park’s “500 elephants” initiative. This is one of the largest elephant “translocations” in history. Approximately 500 elephants will be moved to a wildlife reserve in central Malawi. A significant reason for this mass relocation is to assist in repopulating the elephant population in the area; it is also hoped it will remove pressures on the habitat and human and animal conflict. Poaching in the region has sent the elephant population in to a steady decline. There is also a hope that this new reserve population will grow the elephant population in Africa.
This trip to South Africa will allow Prince Harry to participate first-hand in conserving Africa’s wildlife and to face some of the most pressing and challenging issues of the region.
The elephants will be moved from two parks: Liwonde and Majete to Nkhotakota. The 500 elephants will be moved in stages. Roads and waterways in the parks have been constructed to bear vehicles. Game will also be relocated as well. the 10 30-ton trucks will travel 350 kilometers. care will be taken to ensure the elephants will be under as little stress as possible during their move. A 40,000-acre fenced-in santuary has been constructed in the main 400,000 Nkhotakota Park, allowing for tourism to boost the local economy and employment whilst protecting the elephants from human cruelty.