Prince Charles has said "we face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever and we must treat it as a battle" at an international poaching conference.
Appearing at the conference alongside his son Prince William, he said: "As a father and soon to be grandfather I find it inconceivable that our children should live in a world bereft of these animals."
The Prince of Wales said poachers are using "weapons of war - assault rifles, silencers, night vision equipment and helicopters" in their pursuit of illegal animal gains.
He added that a growing global middle class are seeking exotic products from poaching to reflect their prosperity.
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