Britain’s Prince Harry has been appointed president of African Parks

The UK’s Prince Harry has been formally appointed president of African Parks, a conservation NGO primarily based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2000, it manages nationwide parks and guarded areas on behalf of governments and in collaboration with native communities throughout Africa.

Prince Harry and Roy Hertzberg assist to translocate a rhinoceros in Malawi. Image: Frank Weitzer/African Parks

“Prince Harry will work closely with our board and Peter Fearnhead, our CEO, to advance our mission in protecting Africa’s national parks,” says chairman Robert-Jan van Ogtrop. “He’ll be able to help shine a light on the most pressing and urgent issues wildlife is facing, and most importantly, what people can do to help.”

Prince Harry, who will marry Meghan Markle in May, is understood to be an incredible lover of Africa, and can be devoted to his charity work. He hosts the Invictus Games yearly in Canada, a global multi-sport event he created for wounded, injured or sick armed providers personnel and their related veterans.

This transfer to hitch African Parks underscores his dedication to wildlife conservation. It has 13 parks below administration and the biggest space below conservation for anybody NGO on the African continent. Prince Harry’s first expertise working alongside African Parks was in July 2016 in Malawi. He served as an integral member of a group finishing up one of many largest elephant translocations in historical past. Along with moving elephants to a brand new home, the prince assisted with translocating a rhinoceros and a number of game species, together with antelope, buffalo and zebra

He additionally facilitated in re-collaring three lions with GPS collars to assist shield them, and met with Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika. They mentioned conservation within the nation, in addition to the work of African Parks, which is answerable for defending 90% of the nation’s elephant inhabitants.

“We are extremely honoured to have Prince Harry officially join African Parks as our president,” says Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks. “He has had a long history supporting conservation and humanitarian efforts across Africa. He is extremely passionate, committed and knowledgeable about the issues, and is a force for conservation not just for Africa but for the world. Prince Harry shares in our vision, and together, with him in this influential role, we aim to continue to do extraordinary things for the benefit of Africa’s wildlife and the people who live in and around these wild areas.”

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