Royal Couple Look Threatened Rhinos On Safari

Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 1:24 PM

The royal couple obtain a glimpse of the scarce one-horned rhino and meet people who live with the animals at Kaziranga National Park.

Royal Couple Look Threatened Rhinos On Safari

William and Kate went on an early morning jeep safari on Wednesday to look for themselves the wildlife in one of India's most well-known national parks.

Standing up in the back to obtain a better view, the royal couple spent an hr driving along coarse tracks through the verdant jungle.

They stopped to get a closer view of the park'south rhinos that are particularly assailable to poaching.

Their valuable horn is trafficked across much of Asia and demand is rising because it's being marketed as more potent than African horn.

Kaziranga, in Assam state, is on a flood plain and the annual rains drive animals up into the adjacent hills.

But an increasing no of villages are springing up along this ancient corridor for the park'south elephants and scarce one-horned rhinos.

Prince William spoke to the rangers who are at the forefront of the fight to defend the animals.

On Sunday, a rhino was killed bringing the total to six so distant this year.

One of the Rangers, Salim Ahmed, said: "It's been a kind experience and we're lucky to interact with them, pleased to met them."

Prince William, who set up the United for Wildlife grouping to coordinate efforts to stop the illegal wildlife trade, has been criticised in the past for still going shooting with members of his family, including brother Prince Harry.

Latest month, he said commercial hunting could've a positive impact on efforts to rescue endangered species if money raised went back into the protection of species below serious threat.

The Duke and Duchess are also due to spend time with people who live side by side with the wild animals in the park and grow cash crops such as tea.

Later, they'll visit the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, which provides emergency care and rehabilitation to wild animals that have been injured, displaced or orphaned.

had to be keep down after it was shot and injured by poachers.

William and Kate will also met youthful film-makers who are members of Green Hub, which teaches film-making as a vocational skill to youthful people across northeast India.

The couple will wrap up their day at a project set up by Tag Shand, the late brother of the Duchess of Cornwall, who devoted his life to the protection and care of elephants.

The Kaziranga Discovery Park is the first of its kind health clinic for working elephants.

On Thursday, the royal couple will visit the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for two days before wrapping up the tour on Saturday back in India at the Taj Mahal.

During their visit they , and discussed pressures facing the steel industry.


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