It might sometimes seem as though royalty, with all their privilege, can get away with things that us normal people just can’t. So when it emerged that Prince Harry had been spray painting endangered elephants in Africa it no doubt raised a few eyebrows. In fact, one headline read, “Prince Harry caught ‘tipping’ elephants in Africa!” But the real story was not quite so sinister.
The 500 Elephants project is one of the biggest wildlife relocation projects around in terms of both size and number. Indeed, the conservation campaign will see thousands of animals, including hundreds of elephants, moved from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The journey will also involve a 200-mile trek from the south of Malawi to the north.
Conservation organization African Parks and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife manages all three of the protected areas involved. Liwonde National Park and the Majete Wildlife Reserve have, in fact, both enjoyed major successes in elephant conservation in recent years. For instance, Liwonde boasts the greatest elephant population in Malawi, while Majete is classed as a “Big Five” reserve. That means the latter is home to leopards, lions, African elephants, buffalos and rhinos.