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Prince Harry to visit southern Africa for work on conservation project

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Following his work with the Terrance Higgins Trust to normalise HIV testing, Prince Harry will spend the next few weeks in southern Africa to work on conservation projects. The royal spent some time in the region last summer and has once again been working with experts to develop a programme to protect wildlife and local communities.

Harry will work closely with the African Parks 500 elephants project, which will see up to 500 elephants moved to a wildlife reservation in central Malawi. It will be one of the largest and most significant translocations in wildlife history, and it's taking place to alleviate human wildlife conflict.

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Prince Harry saw the horrific reality of poaching last time he was in Africa

Proposed future projects include plans to restore elephant populations in other parts of Africa, which have significantly declined due to poaching.

Last time he was in Africa Harry saw the horrific reality of poaching, when he was shown the bodies of a female rhino and her calf, who were both slaughtered for her horn.

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Harry will visit Africa again to work on a project to move endangered elephants to safety

Kensington Palace later posted a photo of an emotional Harry hugging one of the elephants he'd helped to free, and he added: "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.

"How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? 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." 

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