LILONGWE – The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry supported the fight against poaching and called for redoubled efforts to conserve the environment during a visit to Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
The Duke of Sussex, sixth in line to the British throne, on Monday attended a simulation of an operation against poaching carried out by Malawian guards and British soldiers to protect elephants, rhinos and other species.
He also paid tribute to a British soldier killed during a counter-poaching operation in the country.
Harry placed a wreath for Guardsmen Mathew Talbot, who was trampled and killed by an elephant earlier this year.
“Guardsmen Talbot was incredibly proud of his role in countering this threat and had played a huge part in the progress and success so far,” a statement on his Instagram said.
“The Duke laid the wreath on behalf of the Talbot family, and said he was honoured to be able to do so, as he has worked closely with park rangers in these efforts and celebrates each and every one of them as heroes.”
Harry, who travelled to Malawi during a tour of southern Africa, visited Liwonde National Park to see how the UK and Malawi are working to tackle illegal wildlife trade and restore wildlife while supporting the tourism sector.
He also guest edited the Instagram account of the National Geographic magazine as part of a campaign called “Looking Up” that encourages people to share photos of trees from around the world.
On Monday he shared a photo on Instagram that he took of a baobab tree, an icon of the African savanna, in Liwonde National Park.
“Looking Up is a new social media initiative to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the earth’s eco-system, and an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings and to share your own view, by looking up,” he said in the post.
Harry is due to visit several health projects in Malawi on Tuesday before returning to South Africa to meet his wife Meghan Markle and baby son Archie.
His family stayed in South Africa while he visited Botswana, Angola and Malawi.
They will all return to the UK from Johannesburg on Wednesday.