'Gentle' Prince Harry poses with rhinos in South Africa

Prince Harry has been pictured for the first time since he left for Africa for a three-month-long "dream job" volunteering for conservation projects. The usually clean-shaven prince showed off a beard as he posed alongside three female volunteers and two rhinos after visiting the Khulula Care for Wild in South Africa to meet some of the centre's orphaned rhinos.

The British royal decided to visit the rhino conservation site after hearing about the work of its manager, Petronel Niewoudt, one of the world's leading experts in infant rhino care.

Harry spent more than two hours with the animals and volunteers, helping bottle feed some of the young, reported MailOnline.

He also took one of the rhinos, called Warren, on a walk around the premises before taking care of a tiny hippo called Molly. Warren was only three days old when his mother was killed.

The 30-year-old was accompanied on the trip by Prince George's godfather and son of the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, as well as two bodyguards. Martin Bornman, project manager, said the prince had been "extremely gentle and capable".


He said: "He's keen to carry out as much 'hands on' work as he could.

"He has been affected by the scale of rhino poaching in South Africa and was eager to help. He spent a long time chatting to our volunteers about their work with the animals - they often have to stay up all night to comfort and feed distressed and injured animals who have lost their mothers in the most brutal attacks."

During his stay in Africa, Harry has been shadowing veterinarian Dr. Pete Morkel, as well as other conservationists, to curb threats to endangered species on the continent, particularly in South Africa, Tanzania, and Botswana.


He was secretly flown to South Africa last week where he headed to a military camp in Kruger Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa and home to the Big Five animals, as well as black and white rhinos.

Harry is understood to have joined Operation Corona, an anti-poaching campaign led by the government, and went on night patrols with an army unit made up of several hundred infantry, 400 armed rangers, policemen and other special forces, who are all fighting the battle against poachers.

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