Prince William wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to elephants.
The Duke of Cambridge opens up about his passion for preserving the existence of elephants in an emotional foreword for a new book called The Last Elephants, per People.
“I’m not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear and have to explain to our children why we lost this battle when we had the tools to win it,” he writes ahead of the book’s release.
He says elephants are headed towards “extinction at the hands of poachers, criminal” gangs and traffickers. According to William, “at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25 the Africa elephant could be gone from the wild.”
There were approximately 1 million elephants in Africa when the Royal was born in 1982, today that number has dwindled to roughly 350,000.
“It is families in the world’s most vulnerable regions who suffer when two rangers a week are killed on the frontline of this fight,” William writes. “It is fragile democratic systems in many nations that are at risk from the source of war violence and corruption that the illegal wildlife trade funds and fuels.”
The Last Elephants can be pre-ordered here.