Harry flew to southern Africa earlier this week to start his summer work in the region, which aides say is privately funded. Kensington Palace issued a press release today about Harry’s summer conservation work:
“Prince Harry will spend the next few weeks working on front line conservation projects in southern Africa.
“Following the summer he spent in the region last year, Prince Harry has once again worked with experts to design a programme that will enable him to support important wildlife conservation initiatives that focus on protecting southern Africa’s wildlife and local communities.
“One of the projects he will work with is African Parks’ “500 elephants” initiative, which will see one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history. Up to 500 elephants will be moved to a wildlife reserve in central Malawi from two parks in the southern part of the country. The elephants are being moved to reduce pressure on the habitat and alleviate human wildlife conflict while helping to repopulate the local herd in their new home. In the future, the reserve may also help restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa, where numbers have significantly declined due to poaching.
“This summer’s work will further enhance his personal first-hand experience of initiatives that support some of Africa’s most pressing conservation challenges.”
Wasn’t wildlife conservation supposed to be Prince William‘s thing? Like, that was going to be his Big Cause. But that seemed to peter out toward the end of last year. William and Kate did go on safari and fed baby elephants while in India in April, if that counts toward William’s wildlife conservation work. Aside from that, the last time William did any work with his two wildlife conservation patronages were in March 2016 William signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration and gave an interview about conservation, and William attended the Tusk Trust Awards in November 2015. So did William give up on wildlife conservation as his Big Cause? He seems to have changed to anti-bullying as his Big Cause in 2016 but even that he hasn’t done much work with. He’s like Kate, getting a new Big Cause every other year.
I still think it’s interesting/hilarious that William the Conservationist gets outshone by his younger brother at conservation work when wildlife conservation isn’t even one of Harry’s Big Causes.
Anyway, I think it’s great that while all the other royals are going on holiday Harry is using his summer break to do real world conservation work in Africa.
PS. This can’t have been quick to put together. So does this announcement that Harry will spend August in Africa debunk the idea that he was ever considering going to Rio?
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