Prince Harry Shares His Striking Photos of Animals in Africa

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These aren't your usual vacation snaps. Prince Harry shared a number of stunning throwback photos from his summer trip to South Africa via the Kensington Palace Instagram account on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The 31-year-old prince spent time in the country this past summer working on several conservation projects, including a few that were a hands-on effort to help protect Africa’s most endangered animals.

Harry — whose first love, Chelsy Davy, is from Zimbabwe — has spent a lot of time in Africa, and founded the African children’s charity Sentebale. He captioned the photos himself, recalling the details of each emotional image.

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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“I was working with Dr. Mark Jago and Dr. Pete Morkel in Namibia,” he captioned one shot of himself administering medicine to an ailing black rhino. “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.”

Another powerful photo shows the prince sprawled out atop a sedated elephant.

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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“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,” he captioned the picture. “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.”

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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Late last month, Harry got very personal during the opening of the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho, Africa, where he revealed that the death of his mother, Princess Diana, left him with a “gaping hole” in his heart.

“I knew there would always be a gaping hole that could never be filled,” he said at the Thursday, Nov. 26, event.

“The children at the center were far younger than me, and of course, their situation was a great deal more challenging than my own,” Prince William’s younger brother said. “Nonetheless, we shared a similar feeling of loss, having a loved one — in my case, a parent — snatched away so suddenly.”

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