Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a deep connection to Botswana. They spent five days camping there together early on in their relationship, a period that Prince Harry has referred to as “crucial” in the past. Even the diamonds from her engagement ring were sourced from the country.
They’ve returned to Botswana a few times since then, including a trip in 2017 that made it onto their joint Instagram account this week. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared photos of themselves providing aid at one of Botswana’s elephant conservation centers in honor of World Elephant Day, and offered fans an update about their work with the nonprofit organization Elephants Without Borders. In a caption, the royals explained that outreach efforts supported by the Ellen Fund have helped Elephants Without Borders outfit 25 elephants with satellite navigation collars.
“These collars allow the team at EWB to track the elephants, as well as to learn their essential migratory patterns to keep their corridors safe and open so future generations of elephants can roam freely. In honour of this amazing support, EWB have named their most recently collared Elephant…ELLEN! We can’t wait to see where she will go!” they wrote.
This isn’t the first time they’ve shared photos from their Botswana trips. In April, ahead of the premiere of David Attenborough’s nature documentary series Our Planet, they posted another image of the two of them putting one of the collars on an elephant together.
“As president of @africanparksnetwork, The Duke of Sussex continues to advocate for the communities and wildlife that coexist in some of the most vulnerable environments around the world,” the Instagram caption reads. “Be it human wildlife conflict or natural disasters, these communities (park rangers, school children, families) are on the frontline of conservation and we must do more to help them as we also work to safeguard the animals and landscapes that are in critical danger.”