Prince Harry Helps Move 262 African Elephants to Safety

Prince Harry with a sedated elephant in 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: The British Monarchy)
Prince Harry with a sedated elephant in 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: The British Monarchy)

We already know he’s a rhino rescuer and a champion of lions, but now Prince Harry is a hero to elephants, too.

The royal conservationist recently helped move 262 elephants to safety as he worked on a key mission to support populations in Africa.

“He is amazing and down to earth. He is very social but a respectable gentleman. We ate together at the camp and we camped in the same grounds – this is unique for someone of his status,” Patricio Ndadzela, country director for the nonprofit conservation body African Parks in Malawi, tells PEOPLE of the prince’s visit this earlier this month.

Harry spent time in the southern African country working with the 500 Elephants initiative, which aims to help reduce habitat pressures, ease human-wildlife conflict and boost elephant populations in places where poaching is rampant.

“He was very at home, nothing bothered him,” says Ndadzela. “We were close to a river and there were thousands of crocodiles and he was not scared!”

The former British Army captain, 31, who has regularly visited the continent both for pleasure and to support his charity for kids in Lesotho, Sentebale, sees conservation work as a key part of his public life.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Simon Perry