Royalty Touches down in Namibia to Support African Wildlife Conservation
PUBLISHED 3 OCT 2018
Prince William hails the "beauty and sheer remoteness" of Namibia's landscapes after accompanying rangers on a tour to learn more about the country's wildlife conservation efforts.
Prince William recently visited Namibia as part of tour of African countries that include Kenya and Tanzania. The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Namibia's capital, Windhoek, on Monday, 24th September, where he received a warm welcome by Namibian Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba.
Prince William, who is an avid supporter of wildlife conservation, outlined the purpose of his visit and discussed Namibia's cross-border anti-poaching effort to combat the poaching of wildlife such as the endangered black rhino.
As part of his visit, the Duke of Cambridge joined game rangers on a dawn patrol in Kunene, where he spotted giraffe and elephant, as well as a critically endangered black rhino.
On his outing, Prince William also met with key role players from the Kunene People's Park Initiative, which helps local communities have more control over the wildlife in their area, as well as reap the benefits from these natural assets, providing them with a vested interest in conserving local wildlife.
"I was staggered by the beauty and sheer remoteness of this incredible landscape. And I was humbled by the dedication of the rangers who protect the unique population of desert rhino from poachers," the Prince said on his return.
"Whatever approach we take to end wildlife crime, it must be based on evidence of what works on the ground with local communities. This is why I wanted to come to Namibia — to listen and learn," he said.
Wildlife hotspots Kenya and Tanzania were also on the Prince's itinerary during the next leg of his working trip to Africa in his capacity as president of United Wildlife and patron of the Tusk Trust. The prince is learning more about the issues surrounding poaching and illegal trade in wildlife in preparation for the 2018 conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade that will be hosted by the UK government in October.
"My visit to Namibia this week is focused on conservation. This is an issue very close to my heart, and I know is a matter of deep pride to you all as well," Prince William told guests at a British High Commissioner's reception.
Having a high profile, globally recognized royal figure putting his weight behind anti-poaching initiatives, the plight of critically endangered African wildlife, such as the black rhino, will be spotlighted on the world stage, and hopefully conservation efforts will receive the attention and backing they truly deserve.