Prince William's 5am wake-up call as he tracks rhinos in Namibia

·Royal Correspondent
The Duke of Cambridge with the rangers in Kunene (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)
The Duke of Cambridge with the rangers in Kunene (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)

The Duke of Cambridge is no doubt used to early morning starts, with three young children, but this 5am wake-up call was very different.

Prince William is on a working visit to Africa this week, focusing on conservation efforts in Namibia.

For the early start, he set off with rangers in the Kunene region in search of the rare black rhino.

In a series of tweets, Kensington Palace revealed the team were successful during their journey and came across several other animals along the way.

The elusive black rhino (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)
The elusive black rhino (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)

The Duke said: “I was staggered by the beauty and sheer remoteness of this incredible landscape. And I was humbled by the dedication of the rangers who protect the unique population of desert rhino from poachers.”

William also met with those from the Kunene People’s Park Initiative, supported by Tusk, which provides Namibian communities with greater control and benefits from their wildlife.

He added: “Whatever approach we take to end wildlife crime, it must be based on evidence of what works on the ground with local communities.”

The Duke met with local communities in Kunene (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)
The Duke met with local communities in Kunene (Twitter/ @KensingtonRoyal)

The Duke is President of United for Wildlife and has been the Patron of Tusk Trust since 2005.

His trip to Africa takes place ahead of the 2018 conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, held in London on October 11 and 12.

Earlier this month, William met with representatives from United for Wildlife at the Royal Mail’s Worldwide International Logistics Centre at Heathrow Airport, to see the fight against the illegal wildlife trade in action.

He also met with artists involved in the Tusk Rhino Trail – a London-wide art installation, which draws attention to the critical threat facing rhino populations across Africa, due to a global poaching crisis.

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