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Saving endangered animals is like God's test for humanity, says Prince Harry

London: Britain's Prince Harry said he believes saving animals is like God's test for humanity, as the royal called for an international body to regulate anyone who owns or manages wildlife to ensure the protection of endangered species.

"I do worry. I think everyone should worry. We need to look after them (animals), because otherwise our children will not have a chance to see what we have seen," Harry said. "This is God's test: If we can't save some animals in a wilderness area, what else can't we do."

Prince Harry. Getty Images

Prince Harry. Getty Images

The 32-year-old prince, Britain's fifth in line to the throne, told US magazine Town & Country that it was while he was working on a conservation project in Malawi last year that he felt the lack of a regulatory body. "I do believe we need a regulatory body so that everyone who owns or manages wildlife is subject to inspection and rated on how well they look after the animals and how the communities benefit. We have to come together," he said.

On a personal note, he recalled how he had first visited Africa after his mother, Princess Diana, died in 1997. "I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me to pack our bags — we were going to Africa to get away from it all. This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I wish I could spend more time in Africa. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here," he said.

"To not get recognised, to lose myself in the bush with what I would call the most down-to-earth people on the planet, people (dedicated to conservation) with no ulterior motives, no agendas, who would sacrifice everything for the betterment of nature," he said.

The magazine has him on the cover posing in a dark green shirt under the headline "Bachelors of the Year". During his time in Africa last year, the royal had helped catch anaesthetised elephants and load them on trucks which moved them 200 miles from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to the Nkhotakota reserve, where the elephants can thrive.

Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 20:51 PM

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