Prince William speaks out against illegal rhino horn trade

While preparations were being finalized to translocate three rhino from the UK to the protected Mkomazi rhino sanctuary under the care of conservationist Tony Fitzjohn, Prince William spoke out against illegal rhino horn trade.

The Duke of Cambridge, a longtime supporter of African wildlife preservation, has spoken out against the illegal trade in rhino horn, calling those who take part in it, “ignorant, selfish and utterly wrong.” Two rhinos are killed each day in South Africa alone, and Prince William warns that we need to take action now or the species will disappear forever. His statements were made in support of the conservation project in where the three rhino from Kent (UK) were just released back into the wild in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania.

The rhino will be kept in the heavily protected black rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi, part of the very successful breeding and relocation programs run by the Tony Fitzjohn George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust, “WildlifeNOW.”

The translocation was a massive undertaking by a small team of dedicated people led by Tony Fitzjohn and Dr. Pete Morkel with the support of The Aspinall Foundation, Tusk Trust, DHL and the Suzuki Rhino Club. Prince William is the Royal Patron of Tusk Trust which has been a fantastic support to the TFGAAWPT, ‘WildlifeNOW.’