African Cats Premiere
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the premiere of the Disney film ‘African Cats’ last week.
The nature documentary film African Cats follows the lives of a pride of lions and a family of cheetahs on the plains of Kenya, and tells the story of their battle for survival.
The film is raising funds for the UK-based conservation charity Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is a patron. The trust supports projects across Africa by helping to safeguard endangered animals. Its work aims to educate local communities about how to live harmoniously alongside wildlife.
The red carpet event, which took place on the evening Wednesday 25 April 2012 at the BFI, South Bank Centre, London, was also attended by 100 school children with links to the charities supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as high profile figures including Guy Ritchie and Ben Fogle and Dragon’s Den Judge Deborah Meaden.
In his speech, William spoke of the alarming statistics about wild animals in the African Bush, and referred to the number of lions, which has fallen to just 25,000, showing a huge 50% reduction in the past 20 years. Similarly cheetah numbers have fallen to just 12,000 today.
“We must act now, coherently and together, if the situation is to be reversed and our legacy – our global, natural legacy – preserved. Tomorrow will be too late.” said the Prince.
Image: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the African Cats UK film premiere held at the BFI Southbank, London on Wednesday 25 April 2012. Photo credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire