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Prince Harry Gets Up Close & Personal With Endangered Animals In South Africa — The Pictures May Shock You!

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Tragically, over 30,000 elephants were killed last year for their tusks.

The problem of animal poaching continues to be a huge passion for Prince Harry — who spent time over the summer in South Africa working one on one with some of the most endangered animals.

On Wednesday, the 31-year-old royal shared stunning moments from his trip on the Kensington Palace Instagram account.

Related: Prince Harry On Being A Bad Boy In School!

Alongside each image, Prince William's younger bro wrote a specific story full of shocking facts and descriptions of the work that is being done to save these animals.

Is there anything Harry doesn't do?!

In one photo of him laying on a sedated rhino (above), he remembered:

"After a very long day in Kruger National Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants freed from their collars - like this sedated female - I decided to take a moment. I know how lucky I am to have these experiences, but hearing stories from people on the ground about how bad the situation really is, upset and frustrated me. How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? None of them had names, so do we not care? And for what? Their tusks? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty."

Take a look inside the rest of Harry's journey (below)!

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German Tourist Reportedly Pays $60,000 To Kill One Of The Biggest Elephants Zimbabwe Has Seen In Decades

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The elephant was supposedly over 50 years old.

Not another one.

On Friday, wildlife groups in Zimbabwe revealed that a German tourist paid top dollar to kill one of the biggest elephants the nation has seen in years.

According to reports, the hunter shelled out $60,000 to fatally shoot the giant creature, who was believed to be more than 50 years old.

Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, said the animal was murdered on October 8 just outside Gonarezhou National Park.

Related: Cecil The Lion's Killer Is Cleared

He explained that, because of the elephant's size, it shouldn't have been gunned down. Rather, he feels it should have been considered a "national treasure," saying it was:

"so huge its tusks were almost hitting the ground while it was standing. We have never seen any animal that big."

He added that humans need to stop being so casual about taking the lives of innocent wildlife:

"We need to discipline ourselves and hold such iconic things sacred."

A spokeswoman for Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says the hunt was legal only if the proper paperwork was issued, and added that she was not aware of the incident.

Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman Johnny Rodrigues is disgusted by the unnamed tourist's actions, commenting that the country hadn't witnessed an elephant that large in decades:

"The last time one was seen (of such size) was more than 40 years ago. The hunter should not have shot it."

It'll be interesting to see if this sparks the same kind of outrage that Cecil the lion's death did. What do U think, Perezcious readers?

[Image via AP Images.]

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Nicole Kidman Was Named After A Dead Baby Elephant! Get The Strange Scoop Straight From The Aussie HERE!

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What's in a name?

This was the question on everyone's mind as Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Nigella Lawson gathered for Friday night's episode of The Graham Norton Show!

Basically, we learn that Meryl HATES her own name and that Nicole inherited the Hawaiian name Hokulani from a baby elephant who was living at the Honolulu Zoo when she was born!

Pretty cute, right?

Related: Nicole Kidman Slips Into Her Lingerie For Interview Magazine

Well, Graham and his team decided to reach out to the zoo and see how Hokulani is doing these days, and they got some pretty upsetting news in return!

Ch-ch-check out Nicole's reaction to finding out her namesake has been dead for decades (above)!

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A Second American Doctor Is In Hot Water Over Killing A Zimbabwean Lion!

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When it rains, it pours, unfortunately!

After Cecil the lion's death swept across the Internet last week, and his brother Jericho's near-death was front and center this past weekend, now we are getting word that yet another American doctor — this time, a gynecologist from Pennsylvania — has killed a lion in Zimbabwe without a permit.

[ Video: Jimmy Kimmel Gets Choked Up Talking About Cecil The Lion! ]

Back in April, doctor Jan Casmir Seski of Pennsylvania traveled to Zimbabwe, where he took part in a hunt headed by a safari organizer named Headman Sibanda. Sibanda was one of the men arrested in a crackdown following Cecil's death at the hands of Dr. Walter Palmer, and his involvement with Seski is just now coming to light.

Caroline Washaya-Moyo, the head of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said in a statement referencing Seski's hunt a few months ago:

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PETA Still Trying To Change Dumbo's Ending! Now They're Asking Recently Announced Director Tim Burton!

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We feel like PETA is like a little kid trying to figure out which parent to ask for more ice cream. Who is more likely to satiate their sweet tooth… but for a pretty decent reason.

When PETA heard that Disney was remaking Dumbo, they asked that the studio change the film's ending.

The original Dumbo ends with the eponymous elephant becoming a hit circus act and everything ends happily!

Though, now we all know the circus isn't the best place for elephants. Heck, even Ringling Bros. has promised to get rid of their elephant acts by 2018!!

So, now that the Dumbo remake has director Tim Burton on board, PETA is asking him what they already asked Disney. PETA's Senior VP Lisa Lange wrote a letter to the director, that said, in part:

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Tim Burton To Direct Disney's Live-Action Dumbo Remake!

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We think Disney should do a live-action remake of every single film they've ever done ever.

Except for maybe the direct-to-video sequel Tarzan II. And maybe a whole lot of other direct-to-video sequels.

One live-action remake we're innerested to see is the remake of Dumbo!

It already sounds like a weird idea, but guess who they've just tapped to direct… Tim Burton!

So now, the live-action Dumbo remake, which will feature a mixture of

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Ringling Bros. Circus Elephants Will FINALLY Be Phased Out Of The Act — But It'll Take Three Years!

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This is great news!

We just wish it was happening a bit sooner!

The twin touring circus companies — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — have made a MAJOR announcement on Thursday about the future of their circuses and one of the main pieces of information that they let loose concerned the elephants in the show.

And apparently the company will be phasing out the magnificent creatures from BOTH shows!

Feld Entertainment announced that

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