Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex jets into East Africa on a special wildlife mission to Rwanda.
Prince Harry held talks with President Paul Kagame who received the Duke of Sussex at the Kigali State House.
As it happens Prince Harry’s mission to Rwanda is part of his work as President of the African Parks.
Apparently, the Government of Rwanda has inked agreements with the African Parks to manage the country’s two National Parks, the Akagera and Nyungwe NP.
The African Parks is a not for profit organization dealing with conservation on the continent.
Among the organization’s duties so far, include replenishing Rhino and Lion Species back to Rwanda.
It is part of the ongoing efforts to reintroduce 24 wildlife species comprising 8,000 animals including cheetahs, lions, Rhinos and African wild dogs back to Rwanda and Malawi.
The African Parks assumes direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas.
Such missions are usually undertaken in partnership with respective governments and the local communities surrounding the protected precincts.
So far African Parks manages 20 national parks in 11 countries, in an area encompassing more than 17 million hectares.
The area under African Parks is mapped within 10 of the continent’s 13 ecological biomes, the largest and most ecologically diverse area in Africa.
African Parks deploys 1,328 rangers, who are often the only stabilising force in some of the most remote areas on the continent.
During their patrols they have managed to confiscate 28.4 tonnes of illegal wildlife products including ivory and bush meat, removed 26,459 snares and made 2,687 arrests across the parks.
The Organization is also working to create safe spaces for threatened species, including more than 13,842 elephants, 1,901 giraffes, 7,270 western lowland gorillas, 2,152 chimpanzees, 477 lions and 51 cheetahs.
In 2021 alone, they confiscated 28.4 tonnes of illegal wildlife products including ivory and bushmeat, removed 26,459 snares and made 2,687 arrests across the parks.