Prince Harry went to his favorite place, Africa, this summer for another critter-conservation project, and got caught — on camera! — tipping elephants.
But it was all for a good cause, this time relocating endangered elephants to a wildlife reserve in Malawi.
Kensington Palace released the photographic evidence Friday, with captions by Harry, to show what the 32-year-old Africa-loving prince was doing during three weeks this summer in Malawi. Last year, Harry helped rescue rhinos in Namibia; this year, he joined conservation management group African Parks as part of an expert team with its 500 Elephants project, which aims to move the playful pachyderms to another park that’s down on it’s elephant count.
The relocation process, however, is not easy. It involves sedating the elephants, getting them on the ground safely (tipping them), and then into trucks for the trip. More than 250 were moved this summer; the rest will be relocated next summer.
“A few of us trying to ‘tip an elephant,’ ” Harry captioned a picture of a group of guys pushing against the side of an elephant. “This young male was fighting the sedative drug and was headed towards the trees, which would have made it very difficult for us to get him on the truck.”
Another picture showed Harry leaning over the side of a prone elephant, marking it with paint. “Marking one of the young males so that he is easily identifiable when the family group is released back into the bush and we can keep them together. The spray paint disappears after a few days,” his caption read.
Along with moving elephants, Harry assisted with relocating a rhino, antelope, buffalo and zebra, and helped re-collar lions with GPS collars.