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Prince William Touched Down in Namibia for a Visit Focused on Animal Conservation

Over the course of his time in Africa, the Duke of Cambridge will also travel to Kenya and Tanzania.
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After attending the wedding of Duchess Kate's close friend Sophie Carter this weekend, Prince William jetted off to Namibia for a week-long private working trip centered around wildlife conservation.

As the patron of Tusk, an animal conservation group, the Duke of Cambridge plans to visit several of the organization's sites not only in Namibia, but also in Tanzania and Kenya. He is also traveling in conjunction with United for Wildlife, another conservation group, of which William is the president. His trip comes in advance of 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London next month.


"Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the numbers of elephant, rhino and pangolin who have been illegally slaughtered for their tusks, horns and scales," William said in a recent speech, speaking of his upcoming trip.

"This is why I am committed to doing what I can to help end this terrible, global crime. This will be a particular focus of my upcoming visit to Africa, and of course the conference on the illegal wildlife trade taking place here in London in October."

The Duke will also take on a number of official engagements during his trip at the request of Her Majesty's Government. For example, this morning Prince William met with Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, who presented him with a statue of a rhino.



According to local paper Informanté, the two men spoke about climate change and the fight against poaching, among other issues. William also met with the country's Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Jagger and the Minister for Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, during the first official royal visit to Namibia since the Queen's trip in 1991.

On Thursday, William heads to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. During his visit there, he will meet with the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E President Magufuli to discuss the effort to combat illegal wildlife trade.

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Later on, William, who is the Colonel of the Irish Guards, will also visit 1st Battalion the Irish Guards Battlegroup, who are in training in Kenya.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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