Prince Harry took to Instagram to make an emotional plea about illegal poaching and animal conservation.

The prince shared six photos on the Kensington Royal Instagram account, writing about his recent trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa.

In one photo, the prince is photographed hugging a sedated elephant.

“How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? None of them had names, so do we not care? And for what? Their tusks?,” he wrote beneath the pic. “Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty.”

Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… "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. I know how lucky I am to have these experiences, but hearing stories from people on the ground about how bad the situation really is, upset and frustrated me. How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? None of them had names, so do we not care? 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." Photograph © Prince Harry

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The photos depict both the horrors and the joy the prince witnessed on his adventure, including hand feeding a baby rhino named Don whose mother was killed by poachers and assisting in a surgery on a black rhino called Hope whose face was mutilated by poachers. “I stared into her eyes while operating on her and thought at first that it would have been better and fairer to put her down rather than put her through the pain,” the prince admitted in a caption. However, he wrote that Hope is making a speedy recovery while also sharing a story about a similar rhino called Thandi now has a baby calf called Thembi. “Every single rhino matters,” Harry said.

Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph… "This was the second time Zawadi, a female black rhino, met someone from my family. My brother William fed her three years ago in Kent just before she left under a translocation project to Tanzania where she now lives in a sanctuary. Thanks to the passion and stubbornness of Tony Fitzjohn OBE and his amazing rangers, she and many others are living it up in the bush and their numbers are growing. She goes nuts for carrots and I loved being able to send William this photo. Hats off to Tusk Trust." http://www.tusk.org/mkomazi-national-park Photograph ©Prince Harry

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Harry was also happy to meet Zawadi, a female black rhino, who was fed by Prince William three years ago in Kent just before she left under a translocation project to Tanzania where she now lives in a sanctuary.

“I loved being able to send William this photo,” said the prince.

With these new photos, it is evident that Harry, like his brother, is dedicated to shedding light on illegal poaching and the need for animal conservation. The black rhino and elephant, considered to be endangered species in Africa, certainly need all the support they can get. Despite the efforts of conservationist, rhino poaching is on the rise in South Africa and an elephant is killed every fifteen minutes in Africa.

Source: Prince Harry Posts Touching Poaching Message on Instagram | Ecorazzi

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