Prince William Secretly Helped Support the Families of Murdered Park Rangers in the Congo
Prince William has secretly helped out the families of the many conservation park rangers that are killed while protecting wildlife.
In the last two months, the royal quietly made a donation to the Thin Green Line Foundation, a group that provides lifeline grants to the relatives of the estimated 150 rangers that are murdered every year while helping safeguard endangered animals. The choice of charity was a direct response from the Duke of Cambridge to the killing of six rangers at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on January 10.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson told People that the donation was “a private matter,” but that didn’t stop the charity from publicly expressing their sincere thanks to the royal for his kindness. The Green Line Foundation tweeted last Friday, “We are very grateful to The Duke of Cambridge for his recent support through our Fallen Ranger Fund for the families impacted by the devastating loss of six Rangers at Virunga National Park in January.”
Prince William also previously publicly addressed this “horrendous attack” at the national park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, via a Kensington Palace press release in January. “I condemn the actions of those responsible in the strongest terms,” he wrote. “Rangers who work tirelessly to protect both the national park and the neighboring communities should be honored not attacked. They should never find themselves in a position where their lives are on the line.”
Conservation has long been a passion for William who is also the president of United for Wildlife, an anti-poaching initiative that works to combat the $50-150 billion illegal wildlife trade. He also founded the Earthshot Prize in 2019 with the goal of giving away five $1.3 million grants by the end of 2021 to people coming up with innovative new ways to tackle the dual issues of climate change and conservation. During an interview in October, the royal told Sir David Attenborough, “I felt very much that there’s a lot of people wanting to do many good things for the environment and what they need is a bit of a catalyst, a bit of hope, a bit of positivity. I think that urgency with optimism really creates action.”
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