The Duke of Cambridge has donated to the Thin Green Line Foundation, which provides lifeline grants to relatives of the estimated 150 park rangers killed each year
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, has made a secret donation to the Thin Green Line Foundation, which provides lifeline grants to families of the estimated 150 conservation rangers murdered while protecting wildlife each year.
The donation — described by a Kensington Palace spokesperson as "a private matter" — was made in direct response to the killing of six rangers at the 3,000-square-mile Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 10.
"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," The Thin Green Line Foundation tweeted on Friday.
William publicly spoke out about the "horrendous attack" at the UNESCO World Heritage Site in January, via a Kensington Palace release.
"I condemn the actions of those responsible in the strongest terms," he stated. "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."
The plight of Africa's frontline conservation rangers is extremely close to the heart of William, who is president of the anti-poaching initiative United for Wildlife, which he spearheaded in 2014 to fight the $50-150 billion illegal wildlife trade.