Prince William is urging leaders to wipe out the illegal trade of ivory that is set to kill off Africa’s elephant population before Prince George and Princess Charlotte hit their twenties.
The Royal made the plea while addressing the attendees at Tusk’s Time for Change event in London on Thursday.
“Earlier this month the Great Elephant Census was published. And it confirmed what many of us have feared for some time – one of our planet’s most treasured species is on course for extinction at the hands of poachers and traffickers,” he said during his keynote speech. “When I was born, there were one million elephants roaming Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000.”
He added, “at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25 the African elephant will be gone from the wild.”
The Duke of Cambridge then extended his speech to include rhino poaching, which sees three of the animal’s killed per day.
‘I am not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild,” the father-of-two added. ‘I am not prepared to explain to our children why we lost this battle when we had the tools to win it – and I know that none of you in Tokyo, Johannesburg or here in London want this either.
“I fear we will not know what we have lost until it has gone,” Prince William concluded.