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Royal support for Zambian elephant population

Royal support for Zambian elephantsBritain’s Prince Harry offered Zambia support to boost the country’s dwindling elephant population, as he began a two-day working visit without his pregnant wife Meghan.

The Duke of Sussex, 34, was received at Lusaka airport by dignitaries and colourfully-dressed traditional dancers, later holding a closed-door meeting with Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his ministers.

As president of animal conservation charity African Parks, Harry offered to bring elephants from neighbouring Botswana.

“Prince Harry told the president during closed-door talks African Parks will help move between 500 and 1,000 elephants from Botswana to Zambia’s Kafue National Park,” Lungu spokesman Amos Chanda said.

“He said this should help boost Zambia’s tourism and create jobs, especially for the youth.”

African Parks manages national parks on behalf of governments to protect animals targeted by poachers, including elephants and rhino.

Botswana has the highest population of elephants in Africa, while Zambia struggles to pull in people to its more rundown safari parks.

Harry is a frequent visitor to southern Africa for conservation work and holidays. Harry and Meghan have enjoyed romantic getaways in Botswana.

Last month the royal couple visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga on their first official tour since marrying in May.