In honor of World Elephant Day, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have shared on Instagram memories from their conservation work with Elephants Without Borders (EWB).
The couple visited Botswana two years ago to assist Mike Chase, founder of the organization, in tracking the animals to help protect them from poaching. Although they previously posted photos from the trip in April, they unveiled more images today to share good news about the charity’s progress in the past month.
Ever since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed and highlighted EWB on Instagram in July, their fans and The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund have helped the organization fit 25 elephants with navigation collars.
“These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely,” part of the Sussexes’ Instagram caption reads.
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🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘 Today is #WorldElephantDay and we are pleased to announce that since we followed our friends at @ElephantswithoutBorders (EWB) on Instagram in July, when we were celebrating the environment, you and our friend @TheEllenFund (@TheEllenShow) have spread the word and EWB have been able to help protect 25 elephants by fitting them with satellite navigation collars! These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant…ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go! 🐘 Two years ago on World Elephant Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined Dr Chase to help in this conservation effort. Below, a few words from Mike and his partner Kelly at EWB: • ‘Today is a day to honor and celebrate the majestic elephant and to make a strong stand for conserving and protecting one of the world’s most beloved animals. elephants are intelligent, sentient beings capable of emotions from joy to grief. They are ‘environmental engineers,’ a key-stone umbrella species, and the fight to save them is in effect, a fight to save entire ecosystems and all wildlife. Today elephants are facing many challenges; habitat loss and competition for resources creates conflict with humans, climate change and fires destroy much needed resources and poaching for the demand of ivory makes elephants bigger targets than ever. African elephants are especially prone to human-wildlife conflict because of their large home ranges. Finding, preserving and creating elephant corridors is therefore of great importance in helping to maintain habitats suitable for movement and minimising human-elephant conflict. Corridors are a mitigation technique to better the livelihoods of local communities and the elephants themselves, by providing environment and ample space for wildlife to navigate from one habitat patch to another, without affecting the livelihoods of communities.’ • EWB – Dr Mike Chase, Ms Kelly Landen . 📸 by DOS © SussexRoyal Additional photos: EWB
Photos show Harry—dressed in an army green shirt, dark shorts, and a baseball cap—toting supplies over to an elephant in the wild. Another image shows Meghan’s hands, decked out in various rings, gently holding the end of an elephant’s trunk.
Back in April, Harry and Meghan shared a photo of themselves placing a tracking collar on a sedated elephant. “The elephant pictured was sedated for just 10 minutes before he was up and back with his herd,” they explained in their post. “Tracking his movements has allowed conservationists to better protect him and other elephants and ensure heightened protection for these beautiful creatures moving forward.”
A new photograph of Meghan and Harry assisting in elephant tracking was shared on the Sussex Royal Instagram account. pic.twitter.com/zVZWGdjyyH
— Meghans Mirror (@MeghansMirror) April 4, 2019
The duke’s work with EWB is just a part of his overall dedication to conservation and sustainability. He recently spoke with Jane Goodall about protecting the planet and its resources for future generations. “I truly believe that the heart of conservation and sustainability is about people,” he said at a meeting with the anthropologist at Windsor Castle.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.