Duke of Cambridge to Celebrate Tusk Rhino Trail

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THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL ATTEND AN EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE TUSK RHINO TRAIL

London

Monday 10th September, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge, Royal Patron of Tusk, will attend an event at Kensington Palace Gardens to celebrate the Tusk Rhino Trail.

The Tusk Rhino Trail is a London wide art installation that celebrates the magnificence of the rhino, and draws attention to the critical threat facing rhino populations across Africa due to a global poaching crisis. The illegal wildlife trade is now the fourth largest criminal industry in the world, after drugs, arms and human trafficking. Each of the 21 rhinos that make up the trail has been specially designed and decorated by internationally renowned artists.

The Duke will visit the trail at Kensington Palace Gardens where award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler’s Rhino has been installed. A total of seven rhinos will be on show for the event. These unique works of art are on public display at iconic London sites until World Rhino Day on 22nd September. They will then be auctioned at Christie’s on 9th October 2018. The funds raised will provide vital support for Tusk’s conservation projects protecting rhino and other iconic African species.

Tusk was established in 1990 at the height of the previous poaching crisis, when elephant and rhino were slaughtered in their thousands to meet the demand of the illegal wildlife trade. Tusk partners with Africa’s conservationists to protect endangered species and combat poaching, working towards a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across the African continent. Since its formation, the charity has invested more than £40m into over 80 field projects across 21 African countries. Each of these projects protects wildlife, and help to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education. The charity has been actively involved in The Duke’s international efforts to halt the illegal wildlife trade.

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