The Duke of Cambridge and The Prince of Wales met with global conservation leaders at ZSL London Zoo to discuss how new technology will help put an end to wildlife poaching.
After making their way through the Zoo’s Tiger Territory exhibit and meeting its pair of Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers, their Royal Highnesses joined the seven leading conservation organisations – including the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) – that form United for Wildlife.
The meeting was an important opportunity to discuss the progress made since United for Wildlife was founded by its President the Duke of Cambridge in September to tackle major conservation crises.
And from next-generation cameras with special sensors to new software that will enable park rangers to better detect and fight back against poachers, their Royal Highnesses were able to see first-hand the innovative tools under development. Plans were also discussed for how these vital tools will be ready for large-scale deployment in just a few months’ time.
ZSL’s Director General, Ralph Armond, says: “Welcoming their Royal Highnesses to ZSL London Zoo today was an honour, and during their visit it was clearly evident that they share a dedication to protecting animals and finding a way to end wildlife crime.
“The Zoological Society of London has always been at the forefront of conservation, and with United for Wildlife we are entering an exciting phase in the battle against poaching. More than 800 rhinos have already been poached is South Africa this year and we are working tirelessly to ensure devastating statistics like these can soon become horrors of the past.”