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Prince William to fight animal poaching to save endangered species on upcoming Africa trip

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 September 2018, 12:36 IST
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Prince William is all set for another tour to Africa to help save endangered wildlife species.

The Duke of Cambridge will be visiting Namibia, Tanzania, and Kenya later this month. On Wednesday, at a reception in London for the Royal African Society, discussing the tour, William spoke about his passion for the continent and its wildlife, People reported.

William said that he fell in love with Africa when he spent time in Kenya, Botswana, and Tanzania as a teenager and that was the reason why he said "yes" when he was asked to become the patron of the Royal African Society last year

Talking about the issue of illegal slaughter of animals in the continent, William said that he is deeply saddened by the numbers of elephant, rhino, and pangolin who have been illegally slaughtered for their tusks, horns, and scales.

Mentioning that illegal wildlife trade also has a devastating human impact, he said that too many brave rangers are tragically killed each year by poachers. He also pointed out that because of this, communities see their tourist livelihoods threatened and the proceeds of the illegal wildlife trade fund broader criminal networks and threaten security.

He concluded his speech by saying that he would do what he can to help end this global crime and that this will be the particular focus of his upcoming visit to Africa.

-ANI

First published: 14 September 2018, 12:36 IST
 
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