The Duke of Cambridge has declared "action must be taken now" to stop the poaching of rhinos in Africa. He spoke out after five rhinos were killed in a fortnight at the Lewa Wildlife Sanctuary in Kenya, where he has been a regular visitor.
Following a rise in rhino poaching, The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, says it is more determined than ever to counter the threat from poachers in Kenya.
These incidents serve as a constant reminder of the harsh reality and rapidly escalating threat faced by rhinos. Lewa is now more than ever determined to counter these threats by increasing our security and monitoring efforts, reinforcing the important contribution that Lewa’s wildlife is making to local communities, and minimising the risk posed to the remaining rhino population.
– Lewa CEO Mike Watson
Founded in 1995, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy spans 62,000 acres and holds 12 per cent of Kenya’s black rhino population and 20 per cent of the world’s Grevy’s zebras. The Duke of Cambridge spent part of his gap-year at the reserve and is understood to have proposed to Kate there in 2010.
The Duke of Cambridge has called for action following a rise in rhino poaching in Kenya. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - where Prince William proposed to Kate in 2012 - has reported that since the beginning of December five black rhinos have been killed at the reserve for their horns.
A St. James’s Palace Spokesman said: “Species conservation is something The Duke feels passionate about. He has been keeping a close eye on the poaching crisis, particularly involving Africa’s rhinoceros and elephants, and is alarmed by the increase in the numbers being illegally killed.
"Through his Patronage of Tusk and support of other conservation charities, The Duke will continue to take a close interest in the CITES process and use his position to highlight the need to harmonise the conservation of Africa’s wildlife with the needs of human beings.
“The Duke is concerned that action must be taken now to stem the tide before it is too late and these magnificent creatures become lost to the wild forever."