Prince Harry has decided to devote some time during his visit to Africa to helping the endangered black rhino. The fifth-in-line to the throne will work closely with the Nature Conservancy to learn more about saving rhinos and desert elephants.
The Nature Conservancy is a charitable environmental organisation. Together with the Save The Rhino Trust, they aim to protect the dwindling number of rhinos and elephants, as well as enhancing the capacity of community game scouts. The two charities were chosen from hundreds of others after Prince Harry read about their work with endangered species.
Just like his brother and father, Prince Harry has been an active proponent for animal conservation. He is an Ambassador for United for Wildlife, a wildlife charity created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to create a global movement for change.
Prince Harry is due to embark on a three-month visit to Africa at the end of this month. He will spend the summer in the Kunene region in north-west Namibia, before travelling to Botswana and South Africa.
The Royal Family has a long association with African nations. When Her Majesty found out that she had become Queen, she was in Kenya, which is the same place where Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, proposed to his then-girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Harry’s charity, Sentebale, is based in Lesotho, in Southern Africa.
During his stay, the 30-year-old will also learn more about the Himba tribe to live in Kaokoland. He will visit the site of another conservation charity, Tusk, in Botswana, shadow one of South Africa’s leading vets, and work with national park rangers.
Last month, the Prince revealed that he was looking forward to this trip, saying that it was to one of the few places he can be himself. “That could be anything to do with tracking poachers, jumping on a vehicle early in the morning, darting elephants, darting lions,” he said in an interview. “It’s going to be amazing.”
Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK in September.