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Prince Harry to work on conservation projects in southern Africa

Published 26 July 2016

Prince Harry will spend the next few weeks working on front line conservation projects in southern Africa.

Following the summer he spent in the region last year, Prince Harry has once again worked with experts to design a programme that will enable him to support important wildlife conservation initiatives that focus on protecting southern Africa's wildlife and local communities.

One of the projects he will work with is African Parks' "500 elephants" initiative, which will see one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in conservation history. Up to 500 elephants will be moved to a wildlife reserve in central Malawi from two parks in the southern part of the country. The elephants are being moved to reduce pressure on the habitat and alleviate human wildlife conflict while helping to repopulate the local herd in their new home. In the future, the reserve may also help restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa, where numbers have significantly declined due to poaching.

This summer's work will further enhance his personal first-hand experience of initiatives that support some of Africa's most pressing conservation challenges.