We’re delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales has agreed to become the charity’s new Patron.
Map Ives explains: “Prince Harry has seen at first-hand the cruel and senseless damage inflicted by poachers. I know that His Royal Highness’s support for our work will make a real difference to rhino conservation. We are hugely grateful for the support Prince Harry has already extended to RCB, and look forward to working with him in the future as our Patron.”
Last September, Prince Harry saw for himself RCB’s work in Botswana, when he joined Map Ives and Kai Collins in the Okavango Delta on a sensitive operation to fit state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices to critically endangered black rhinos.
Working as part of a small but highly skilled team, The Prince helped with tasks including clearing thorn bushes from around sedated rhinos so that tracking devices could be fitted, monitoring the animals’ breathing and heart rate, administering oxygen, covering the rhinos’ eyes to protect them, and helping to keep the animals cool with water.
As featured in the short film released today, Prince Harry said whilst in Botswana:
“The rhino is one of Africa’s most iconic species. This is a black rhino, an animal that deserves the utmost respect, so to be able to be sitting next to her is incredibly special. The black rhino has been reintroduced into Botswana and its numbers are increasing here, while numbers are decreasing elsewhere. If we can’t save these animals, what can we save?”
On becoming Royal Patron of RCB, Prince Harry said:
“I’ve been lucky enough to visit Botswana for more than 20 years and am incredibly fortunate to be able to call it my second home. Being Patron of RCB is an opportunity to give something back to a country that has given so much to me.”
PRINCE HARRY JOINS RCB ON A RHINO TAGGING OPERATION
PRINCE HARRY ALSO JOINED RCB IN THE FIELD IN 2015
The Prince also visited RCB in Botswana in 2015, where he released this personal video of a rhino capture on his Instagram page and wrote:
“Trying to stop a three-tonne rhino with a rope and a blindfold isn’t easy! Especially in this harsh terrain in Botswana. Map Ives and Kai Collins, with the help of the Botswana Defence Force and the Government, are doing everything they can to protect their newly reintroduced rhino population. This sometimes means having to sedate them to check on how they’re doing.”