Being a father makes Prince Harry more motivated than ever to promote conservation efforts in Africa.
Prince Harry has been President of African Parks since 2017. The NGO was founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas around Africa due to poor management and lack of funding. The aim of African Parks is to be chosen to manage 20 parks by the end of the year 2020. They manage 17 at the time of writing.In his forward to African Parks 2019 Annual Report "Realising Hope" Prince Harry speaks to the important role that these parks play. Harry writes, "What I see in the African Parks model is exactly what conservation should be about – putting people at the heart of the solution. African Parks is ensuring that the protected areas under our management directly benefit surrounding communities through security, education, jobs, and investments made in local services and enterprises that can stimulate conservation-led economies."
Harry speaks about how he views conservation as even more important now that he is a father, stating "Conservation can only be sustained when people living closest to nature are invested in its preservation. Since becoming a father, I feel the pressure is even greater to ensure we can give our children the future they deserve, a future that hasn’t been taken from them, and a future full of possibility and opportunity. I want us all to be able to tell our children that yes, we saw this coming, and with the determination and help from an extraordinary group of committed individuals, we did what was needed to restore these essential ecosystems."