A win for African jumbo as Prince Wil­liam calls for an end to il­le­gal wildlife trade

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Coun­tries have an op­por­tu­nity to end the mixed sig­nals they send on the value of wildlife prod­ucts, Prince Wil­liam says. The Duke of Cam­bridge called for pro­tec­tion of en­dan­gered ele­phant and rhino. Speak­ing on Thurs­day at the Tusk’s Time for Change event, at the Shard, Lon­don, Prince Wil­liam said the CITES con­fer­ence in Jo­han­nes­burg is timely. The Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora con­fer­ence in South Africa be­gan on Satur­day and will be con­cluded on Oc­to­ber 5. “Ear­lier this month the Great Ele­phant Cen­sus was pub­lished. And it con­firmed what many of us have feared for some time – one of our planet’s most trea­sured species is on course for ex­tinc­tion at the hands of poach­ers and traf­fick­ers,” he said. The Duke said one mil­lion ele­phants roamed Africa when he was born, but there were only about 350,000 last year.

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