Prince Harry has officially joined African Parks as its President.
The news that was announced on Wednesday, indicate that in this position, Prince Harry will be working with African Parks in various capacities to advance wildlife conservation across Africa and around the globe.
The news initially came from the Prince himself when he guest-hosted the BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme. Kensington Palace and African Parks also confirmed the news in a statement.
According to Kensington Palace’s statement 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 oversee the largest area under conservation for any one NGO on the African continent.
“Prince Harry has taken a deep personal interest in frontline conservation projects that work to protect Africa’s natural heritage and support both wildlife and local communities. On leaving the Army in 2015, he spent three months working on number of such projects in Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa and Botswana.”
Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks said that they are extremely honoured to have Prince Harry officially join African Parks as its President. “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 started working for the organisation in Malawi in 2016 where he carried out one of the largest elephant translocations in history. “Along with moving elephants to a new home, Prince Harry assisted with translocating a rhinoceros, 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,” African Park’s statement continues.
Robert-Jan van Ogtrop, Chairman of African Parks also elaborated, saying:
“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”.