Hong Kong is acting as the gateway for illegal ivory entering China - where the item is high in demand.
Prince Charles and Prince William joined launched a campaign to save endangered species like rhinos, tigers and elephants from poachers.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have set up firms to protect their "intellectual property rights," Kensington Palace has revealed.
Princes William and Harry have been spotted helping move sandbags in flood-hit Datchet.
The royals turned up at 7am at Datchet Golf Club where they helped load sandbags onto a crane, according to local reporter John Dickens.
Here's a snap of Prince Harry and Will helping out with the Household Cavalry this morning in Datchet. http://t.co/9xrMyhFlMM
Datchet has been heavily affected by the ongoing floods crisis and with further heavy rain due, there have been fears the situation could deteriorate.
Prince William approached journalists from the Guardian and said: “Why don’t you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?”
William and Harry were spotted along with Prince Harry helping move sandbags in flood-hit Datchet.
However after reporters agreed to help, aides intervened and said it would not be possible due to a lack of appropriate clothing.
Princes William and Harry have been filmed helping unload sandbags in a private trip to the flood-hit village of Datchet in Berkshire.
Dressed in waterproofs and wellingtons, the royals helped shift heavy sandbags onto the back of an army truck.
The princes were spotted working with the team of 20 members of the Household Cavalry and Network rail staff by a Guardian reporter.
A royal aide told the newspaper that the pair had been working with members of the Army unit this morning in numerous locations and that it was a "private effort" to help.
The Duke of Cambridge has hailed tomorrow's major international summit on the trafficking of endangered wild animals as the "beginning of the end of this despicable trade".
Speaking at a Natural History Museum reception attended by conservation charities, philanthropists and leading wildlife campaigners Prince William said:
"Tonight we are here with a single, shared purpose - to use our collective influence to put a stop to the illegal killing and trafficking of some of our world's most iconic and endangered species."
During the event William met one of the world's biggest action movie actors Jackie Chan who is in London to launch an anti-poaching video for the organisation WildAid of which he is an ambassador.
Prince William's decision to go hunting in Spain shortly before he makes a speech at a conservation conference is just 'poor PR' and should not distract from the major issues, an expert has told Daybreak.
Will Travers from the Born Free Foundation said hunting and poaching "were not the same thing", with the latter being a "£12bn international illegal wildlife trade".
Prince William will give a speech tonight to mark the imminent start of an international conference that aims to tackle the threat to the world's endangered animals.
William will make an address at a Natural History Museum reception as world figures prepare to discuss ways of saving animals like elephants, rhinos and tigers tomorrow.
His father Prince Charles will give a speech at the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade being hosted by the Government at Lancaster House on Thursday. William will also attend and it will be hosted by the Prime Minister.
William has joined forces with the Prince of Wales to record a video message calling on the world to act now to save endangered animals.
In a father-and-son appeal video with Prince Charles, The Duke of Cambridge tells of how he is "devoted to protecting the resources of the earth" for his own son, and future generations.
In a joint video appeal with his son William, Prince Charles said that the illegal wildlife trade now poses "a grave threat" to both endangered species and economic and political stability.
– The Prince of Wales
I have said before that we must treat the illegal wildlife trade as a battle, because it is precisely that.
The rising and apparently insatiable demand, much of it from Asia, has provided an economic incentive for trafficking to become increasingly criminalised and professional.
Organised bands of criminals are stealing and slaughtering elephants, rhinoceros and tigers, as well as large numbers of other species, in a way that has never been seen before, pushing many species to the brink of extinction.