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Prince Harry Hugs Elephant In Emotional Moment

Prince Harry has released his personal photos and videos taken during his summer visit to southern Africa.

Prince Harry has released his personal photos and videos taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. In one powerful photo, the fifth in line to the throne hugged a female sedated elephant. With both arms spread, the prince’s head was buried in the elephant’s body. The 31-year-old bachelor seemed to be crying with the gentle giant.

The photos and videos were taken in his brief work on front-line conservation projects. Each of the photos has personally written captions that tell his experiences in Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

“After a long day in Kruger national Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants free from their collars – like this sedated female – I decided to take a moment,” Prince Harry wrote in the caption of the photo where he was shown hugging an elephant.

“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,” the prince wrote. “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? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty,” he said. (Could she be the future Mrs. Prince Harry?)

During his brief work in Africa, Prince Harry also worked with rangers who are the first people to respond when poachers attack elephants and rhino. The prince was also able to work with renowned veterinarians who act to save animals who have survived barbaric attacks, including the removal of their tusks and horns.

The photos and videos were also released coinciding the prince’s visit at the South African Wildlife College. In his speech addressing a graduating class, he said that the illegal poaching of the elephants and rhinos is a test for all humanity, a test that humans cannot afford to fail.

“Nature needs us to fight her battles and protect her animals. There is no pretending that this will be easy. But when we win this battle, the victory will belong to those of you on the frontline,” he said in his speech. Prince Harry also said that he is very proud of Prince William for putting the fate of endangered species back on the global agenda.

Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… “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. 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. 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? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty.” Photograph © Prince Harry

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Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… “By this point many people will have heard of ‘Hope’, a young female black rhino that was brutally wounded by poachers in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This was the second operation to try to save this animal’s life. Some poachers use a dart gun and tranquilize the animal so as to not have to fire a shot that would be heard. They then hack their face off while the animal is paralysed before running off with the horn. Local communities saw her stumbling through the bush and then alerted the authorities. Thanks to Dr William Fowlds and his team, Hope survived and is making a speedy recovery. I stared into her eyes while operating on her and thought at first that it would have been better and fairer to put her down rather than put her through the pain. Afterwards I was told of another female called Thandi who was in a similar state in 2012. She now has a baby calf called Thembi.” Every single rhino matters. If you want to help have a look at: www.wildernessFoundation.co.za Photograph ©Prince Harry

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Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… “I was working with Dr. Mark Jago and Dr. Pete Morkel in Namibia. Some countries are de-horning small populations of rhino to deter poachers from shooting them. It is a short-term solution and surely no substitute for professional and well-trained rangers protecting these highly sought-after animals. De-horning has to be done every two years for it to be effective and can only realistically be done with small populations in open bush. My initial task each time was to monitor the heart rate and oxygen levels and help stabilise them as quickly as possible. My responsibilities then grew to taking blood and tissue samples and the de-horning itself.” You can learn more and how to help by visiting: https://www.savetherhino.org/africa_programmes/save_the_rhino_trust_namibia Photograph © Prince Harry

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