William and Kate spot rare rhinos on safari in India


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on safari in India's Kaziranga National Park spotting rare one-horned rhinos.

The couple toured the park in remote Assam in an open-topped 4x4, catching sight of elephants and monkeys.

Kate wore skinny jeans with a casual spotty shirt, while William dressed down in chinos and a khaki shirt.

Kaziranga is a World Heritage Site which is a wildlife conservation area of global importance.

It is home to elephants, water buffalo, the endangered swamp deer, tigers, and two-thirds of the world's population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.

William has been campaigning for a number of years to protect endangered animals and on Tuesday park officials said another rhino had been poached, bringing the number killed in Kaziranga this year to six.

Poachers shot the rhinoceros and, while it was still alive, sawed off its horn before fleeing before dawn, wildlife official Subasis Das said.

William and Kate's visit specifically focuses on global attention on conservation and they are learning how villagers live alongside threatened wildlife.

The visit coincides with the Bohag Bihu festival, the celebration of the Assamese new year, and on Tuesday evening around a campfire, the Duke and Duchess met local people and saw dance and musical performances.

Later on Wednesday, they will visit the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation which provides emergency care and rehab for wild animals that have been injured, displaced or orphaned.

After touring the centre they will visit the Kaziranga Discovery Park built by the Elephant Family, the charity founded by Mark Shand, the late brother of the Duchess of Cornwall, and see a first-of-its-kind health clinic for working elephants and an elephant information centre which is under construction.