By Rebecca Macatee
Prince William and Prince Charles are the princes of the people, but they care about the animals, too!
And next week, the father-son duo will work together to highlight the illegal wildlife trade, partaking in a series of activities between Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 that aim to tackle this global crisis.
Beginning on Monday, Feb. 9, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales will release a joint video message discussing the illegal wildlife trade. Then on Wednesday, Feb. 2, William will attend the United for Wildlife Symposium at the Zoological Society London. The same day, he will attend a reception at the Natural History Museum, hosted by the U.K. government to mark the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
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On Thursday, Feb. 13, William and Charles will attend the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, hosted by the U.K. Government of Lancaster house. Essentially, this week of events will provide a forum to review and discuss the most recent evidence on what species are affected by international wildlife trafficking, like rhino and elephant, and will focus on solutions to stop this crime as it continues to happen.
Both William and Charles are longtime conservation activists. In a CNN special called Prince William's Passion: New Father, William explained that it was Princess Diana that instilled in him a love of wildlife, and he hoped to do the same with Prince George. In fact, Georgie has a jungle-themed bedroom, which includes, of course "toy elephants and rhinos around the room."
Toy elephants and rhinos are great, but the real ones need to be left alone!