In December The Duke of Cambridge (pictured above with Space for Giants CEO Dr Max Graham) was guest of honour at our Giants Club Dinner at Kensington Palace.
Prince William joined a group of philanthropists and influencers at the event which celebrated our achievements and discussed future goals.
Prince William wasn’t the only Prince to attend, as among the African dignitaries present was Ugandan Prince Hassan Kimbugwe. Other guests included experts from frontline elephant protection, such as Kitili Mbathi, the Head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Professor Lee White, the Head of National Parks in Gabon.
Dr. Max Graham said: “Demand for ivory remains high and therefore elephants remain at real risk of being wiped out from the landscapes they have roamed for centuries. We urgently need to scale up investment in frontline protection for Africa’s elephants, as well ensuring the legal penalties for wildlife crimes are robust and effectively implemented.
“We were honoured to be joined by distinguished guests, including HRH Prince William, to cultivate high level support from the world’s most prominent key influencers and philanthropists for the plight of Africa’s elephants and the landscapes they depend on.”
The Duke of Cambridge has long been a powerful advocate for the protection of elephants and conservation across Africa, and has made the tackling of wildlife crime a personal cause.
In November the second-in-line to the throne gave an impassioned speech calling for a total ban on ivory trade in UK, saying endangered animals are still being slaughtered in ‘horrifying numbers’.