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Prince William has recently announced a new support network for rangers working on the frontline against poaching.

The initiative is part of one of the Prince’s longest-running causes, Tusk.

The announcement happened to coincide with the announcement of the death of South African park ranger Anton Mzimba, known to many as a wildlife warrior. The news made headlines across the world as Mzimba was known for his heroic work to save the animals from being poached.

Mzimba was the head of services at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. He was murdered when he was shot at his home in Bushbuck Ridge, Mpumalanga.

Prince William made the announcement in a series of Tweets.

“More than 1 000 rangers have been killed in the last ten years, and they need our support more than ever.”

“Rangers like Anton are on the frontline of conservation, protecting people as well as wildlife. Among many roles, they are teachers, carers and researchers, looking out for a natural world that can’t defend itself.”

The royal prince encouraged the support of organisations so “incidents like this won’t happen again”.

Image credit: Tusk Trust

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