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Prince Harry appointed president of African Parks

Prince Harry helping to translocate a rhino in Malawi

Prince Harry (right) and Roy Hensberg help translocate a rhino in Malawi with African Parks © Frank Weitzer/African Parks

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In a move that underscores his commitment to conservation, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales has formally joined African Parks as their president. The appointment was just made public in a statement released by Kensington Palace.

African Parks is a conservation NGO, founded in 2000, that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments and in collaboration with local communities across Africa. With 13 parks under management, they have the largest area under conservation for any one NGO on the African continent.

“We are extremely honoured to have Prince Harry officially join African Parks as our president,” said Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks. “Prince Harry 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. He 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.”

Prince Harry’s first experience working alongside African Parks was in July of 2016 in Malawi, where he served as an integral member of their team, carrying out one of the largest elephant translocations in history. Along with moving elephants to a new home, Prince Harry assisted with translocating a rhino, a host of game species including antelope, buffalo, and zebra, and he facilitated in re-collaring three lions with GPS collars to help better protect them. Together with Peter Fearnhead, he also met with Malawi’s President Mutharika to discuss the presidents’ conservation vision for the country, as well as the work of African Parks, who manages three parks in Malawi and is responsible for protecting 90% of the country’s elephant population.

“In his role as President of African Parks,” said Robert-Jan van Ogtrop, Chairman of 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. He’ll be able to help shine a light on the most pressing and urgent issues wildlife are facing, and most importantly, what people can do to help.”

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  • Voice of Reason

    colonialism at its finest. this is sad.

  • Violet Matiru

    Are there African Parks in Buckingham Palace?

  • Norman Doak

    While there are no African Parks in Buckingham Palace there is an intense interest and desire to ensure control of world wildlife especially from Prince Henry and he will encourage a better support of issues from the position of a prominent personality in support of a worldwide movement. We can all be supportive and welcome his efforts and judge them in the future.
    Norman Doak, Johannesburg, South Africa

    • Max Dombrowsky

      Can anyone please inform us if the Royals still continue to hunt animals/pheasants, on their properties? Thank you..Max D.

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