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Prince Harry says protecting wildlife is ‘God’s test’ for mankind as he opens up about his quest to save 500 endangered elephants from poachers

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  • Prince spent summer in southern Africa for a project to move 500 elephants 200 miles to a sanctuary 
  • Conservation work in Malawi was to protect animals in danger of death from overcrowding and starvation 
  • Harry spent three weeks sleeping in tents, flying helicopters and helping the ground team catch elephants
  • Prince, who also released film, spent three months with anti-poaching teams in Africa last year 
  • He also talked about his special affinity with Africa, where he went ‘to get away from it all’ after the death of his mother Princess Diana, the place ‘where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world’
  • Harry and his girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, appear to share an affinity for non-profit work
  • Markle recently visited Rwanda where she met with children as an ambassador for charity World Vision

Prince Harry has described protecting wildlife as ‘God’s test’ for mankind after opening up about his quest to save 500 endangered elephants from poachers.

The British royal graced the cover of Town & Country after taking a reporter inside his journey where he spent three weeks in Malawi over the summer working alongside volunteers, vets and experts on the frontline of one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations.

Photographs show the 32-year-old hanging onto a rope with several other volunteers as they try to get a bull elephant to lie down, and ‘spray painting’ elephants to temporarily mark them before they are released back into the bush. In another, he posed up for the upscale society magazine, wearing his African Parks shirt, for what would become their front cover.

The prince, who has often spoken of how he would like to walk away from his royal duties to live in Africa and work on such projects permanently, spoke of his incredible experience in getting hands on with helping with conservation.

‘I do worry. I think everyone should worry,’ he said. ‘We need to look after them, because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen. This is God’s test: If we can’t save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can’t we do?’

He also talked about his special affinity with Africa, the place he went ‘to get away from it all’ after the death of his mother Princess Diana, the place ‘where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world.’Prince Harry has graced the cover of Town & Country after taking a reporter inside his journey saving 500 endangered elephants from poachers in Africa

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