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.
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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)!
Everyone knows rhinoceros, or "nature's unicorns," are beautiful, majestic creatures worthy of life on this planet.
Everyone except poachers, at least.
Because of poaching, it's predicted that rhinos will be extinct by 2020. That's only 6 years away.
White and black rhinos are being slaughtered at an alarming rate, with only
Would you pay $350,000 to put your family's life in danger AND murder an endangered species??
Sounds kinda way ridiculous but that's pretty much what's going on for Corey Knowlton.
Knowlton paid $350,000 to the Dallas Safari Club Auction for a super rare permit to hunt an endangered black rhino.
Animal conservationists everywhere are freaking out that this hunting permit even exists.
Knowlton has tried to explain to his critics how letting him buy the permit has sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a cause that will actually SAVE more black rhinos, but also how it's okay to kill one… as long as it's specific.
The Namibian government has apparently picked out specific rhinos that can and SHOULD be killed because they're not only too old to breed but they're also grumpy old men who pose an actual threat to healthy, young rhinos.
This is so ridiculous we don't even know where to start!
The Dallas Safari Club has got their hands on a very rare item:
A permit to hunt and kill an endangered black rhino!!
Why anyone ever is allowed to kill any endangered species is beyond our comprehension.
Here comes the weird part…
Leonardo DiCaprio has money and fame and he uses them to help animals!!
He's kinda way awesome!
His foundation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, gave a $3,000,000 grant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The WWF is currently trying to help Nepal double its wild tiger numbers by 2022!
Leo, a WWF board member, said:
We previously mentioned one wildlife group already declared the Western Black Rhino extinct.
Originally, we thought they might have jumped the gun a little, seeing as how the World Wildlife Fund had estimated there were still about 4,000 of the rhinos left.
Well now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest conservation network, has declared the subspecies totally extinct.
Dead. Gone. Donezo.
Poached into extinction by heartless poachers. Thanks for that.
The chair man of the IUCN species survival commission said:
Awwww! It's so funny when a big animal like this starts playing!
They remind us more of big doggies than wild African animals or something.
This guy went from leather tank to playful pup and all it took was a little rain!
We could seriously just watch this guy gallop around his enclosure all day.
The rain makes him so happy, like a giddy little kid, dancing around in puddles.
We wish we could join him without getting trampled or mauled to death.
Oh well, guess we'll just settle for watching the video (above) on repeat, check it out!!