The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge have released a video message, speaking out in support of organisations working to stop the illegal wildlife trade, kicking off what is to be a week of engagements together for first and second in line to the throne to do with wildlife conservation.
In the video the royal pair talk about the unprecedented levels of killing of endangered species like elephants, which are killed at a rate of 100 per day.
Prince Charles says: “We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade – a trade that has reached such unprecedented levels of killing and related violence that it now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world’s most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world.”
The film is the start of the week of conservation-based engagements for the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge with The Duke attending the United for Wildlife Symposium at the Zoological Society of London on 12th February. Later that evening he will attend a reception at the Natural History Museum, hosted by the UK Government to mark the beginning of London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
After this, on the 13th February, Prince Charles and William are set to attend the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the UK Government at Lancaster House (which neighbours Clarence House).
The conference will give leaders from across the world an opportunity to discuss the issue and agree a more coordinated global response to help eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech at the London Conference.
Prince William has based a large of his charity work at the moment around conservation in recent years, becoming Patron of Tusk Trust in 2005. The Duke eventually became President of United for Wildlife, a collaboration of seven of the largest field based global conservation organisations. The collaboration aims to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises, such as the illegal wildlife trade.
The video, which was filmed at Clarence House in November, includes a demonstration of the Prince of Wales’s new Arabic skills which he began to learn a few years ago, as well as the Prince and the Duke finishing by saying ‘let’s unite for wildlife’ in Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish and Mandarin – languages of the countries most affected by the illegal wildlife trade.