Earlier this week, Prince William attended an event for the Royal African Society (RAS), where he revealed he will be making a last-minute trip to the African continent later this month.
During his remarks, the prince explained that he will be taking a working visit to Namibia, Tanzania, and Kenya to help bring attention to animal conservation efforts in those nations, the Daily Mail reported.
William, who has been a patron of RAS since taking over the role from his grandmother in 2016, told the crowd that “Africa's wildlife is suffering as well as its people.” He added, “Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the numbers of elephant, rhino and pangolin who have been illegally slaughtered for their tusks, horns and scales. But the illegal wildlife trade also has a devastating human impact.”
Prince William additionally noted that too many rangers have been killed by poachers this year alone. “Communities see their tourist livelihoods threatened. And the proceeds of the illegal wildlife trade fund broader criminal networks and threaten security.”
This, he said, is why he remains so committed to doing anything and everything he can to end this “global crime.”
“This will be a particular focus of my upcoming visit to Africa, and of course the conference on the illegal wildlife trade taking place here in London in October,” he said.
William has been traveling back and forth to Africa since his childhood, first falling in love with the continent alongside his mother, Princess Diana.
“Africa is both the oldest and the youngest continent in the world, being both the birthplace of humankind and the continent with the youngest population," he said. "My patronage of the Royal African Society is an honour and I will certainly continue to be a passionate advocate for Africa here in the UK.”
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