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Duke in personal plea to stop elephant poaching

By Harriet Line

Published 23/09/2016

The Duke of Cambridge talks with chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (left) and former leader of the House of Commons William Hague at the Time For Change event
The Duke of Cambridge talks with chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (left) and former leader of the House of Commons William Hague at the Time For Change event

The Duke of Cambridge has said fears that the African elephant will have disappeared from the wild due to poaching by the time Princess Charlotte turns 25.

William told the audience of campaigners and policymakers at Time For Change - an event organised by the conservation charity Tusk, of which he is a patron - that he was "not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild".

He said: "When I was born, there were one million elephants roaming Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000. And at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25 the African elephant will be gone."

The Duke also warned that rhinos face extinction in "our lifetimes".

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