Prince Harry in South Africa

  December 2, 2015 at 7:18 pm by

Prince Harry has been in South Africa over the past few days, after focusing on his charity Sentebale in Lesotho.

Today Harry visited the South Africa Wildlife College, near Kruger National Park where he spent time working with conservationists during the summer, to meet with ranger graduates and see the work they have done. During his visit he also delivered a speech in which he praised the work of rangers, calling them “heroes” and saying that the profession “cannot be appreciated enough”.

“If current poaching rates continue there will be no wild African elephants or rhinos left by the time children born this year, like my niece, Charlotte, turn 25. If we let this happen, the impact on the long-term prosperity of this country and on the natural heritage of the planet will be enormous and irreversible,” Prince Harry said as he spoke of the number of animals killed illegally in Africa annually.

The Prince also toured part of the park, where he and his tour group came across the carcasses of a mother and calf rhinocerous duo. Visibly moved, Prince Harry rested his hand on top of the larger animal and said “This belongs to South Africa and it’s been stolen by other people…And the body’s left here, wasted.”

Earlier in the week, the Prince met with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the  Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation centre, where the two men spoke privately and Harry presented the Nobel Peace Prize laureate with the Order of the Companion of Honour on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Harry has also visited several organisations that provide assistance and support to local orphans and disadvantaged children, including charities that help via the participation in sports.

Prince Harry plays rugby with children at The Shark Tank in South Africa

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